Social Media and Journalism: How the Internet and Social Networking Have Changed Journalism's Workflow.
Levy, Gabrielle F.
- The crisis of journalism. The death of newspapers. The outlook, as they say, is grim. But social media, rather than heralded as the destructeur of journalism and journalistic integrity, has finally begun to play a substantial role in the daily activities of journalists. This is not only as an effective method of content promotion or a tool to drive traffic to traditional websites, but as a real, r... read moreelevant or even necessary tool in a journalist's arsenal that has improved her ability to gather information, conduct research, and examine the context of her findings. So how have the Internet and the prevalence of social media among Internet users forced reporters, editors, and news organizations to adapt the ways in which they work, in both news gathering and content creation? This thesis examines the strategies employed by reporters, editors, and other news professionals to implement social media as an integral part of their workflow. It will explore journalists' habits and instincts in using the Internet as a resource, and their perceptions of the effectiveness of these tools. Ultimately, the research conducted throughout this study concludes that these tools are instrumental in maintaining the relevance of traditional media, recognizes the importance of integrating new methods with the skilled craft of journalism, and anticipates increased and increasingly successful implementation of social media into the cadre of news organizations.read less