The interactive spectrum: The use of social media in UK regional newspapers.

CANTER, Lily (2013). The interactive spectrum: The use of social media in UK regional newspapers. Convergence: The international journal of new media technologies, 19 (4), 472-495.

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Abstract

The rise in use of social media platforms as tools of communication has presented journalists with an abundance of opportunities and challenges in equal measure. These platforms have enabled journalists to engage directly with their readers and develop new forms of interactivity, both pertinent and banal in nature. By analysing the content of multiple social media profiles at two daily regional newspapers in the United Kingdom, it has been possible to determine how interactivity between journalists and readers is being shaped. This article has identified a spectrum of interactivity, which indicates that individual journalists are engaging with their readers in an informal, personal and reciprocal manner via social media platforms. This is in contrast to the formal approach being taken by their associated media companies that are transferring traditional top–down forms of communication from the offline world to the online world. Research for this article was conducted via interviews and content analysis.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1177/1354856513493698
Depositing User: Lily Canter
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2013 10:27
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 14:15
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7544

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