Posted on December 10, 2014
This year has been a year of new projects. I published an article in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, entitled “Reconstructing the Indian public sphere: Newswork and social media during the Delhi gang rape case” (with Smeeta Mishra and Colin Agur). Our article reveals that while the coverage of the Delhi gang rape highlights an emerging, participatory nature of storytelling by journalists, this new-found inclusiveness remains exclusive to the urban, educated, connected middle and upper classes. We also find that today in India, social media usage is rearticulated around pre-existing journalistic practices and norms common to both Indian reporters working for English-language media houses and foreign correspondents stationed in India. I have also been working on my book, Social Media at BBC News: The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting (forthcoming February 2015 with Routledge). For a description of the book, see the piece I wrote on the BBC College of Journalism website. With Colin Agur and Ramesh Subramarian, I wrote a paper on policy interactions in Internet rights and security in India. See our post on the Internet Policy Observatory website (Center for Global Communication Studies at Annenberg Penn) here and here. In 2015, I will continue my work on journalism and technologies. With Vincent Raynauld, I am writing a series of articles journalistic sourcing on social media during crises. I am also working on topics such as best new media practices, explanatory journalism, and drones. This research explores at how new media are transforming the profession of crisis reporting, what and how news are covered.
Posted on July 16, 2014
I have recently been working on a paper focussing on legacy media storytelling via social media during the last Lok Shaba election in India (2014) with Colin Agur. This chapter will be published in a special edited collection focussing on the Indian election. The publication will be available online and in print by the end of this calendar year. The objective of this collection is to contribute to the post-election debate from an academic and practical perspective.
We interviewed a handful of Indian journalists in English-speaking legacy media in the weeks immediately following the vote. Our questions focused on the ways that political parties and other actors in the campaign used social media to contribute to discussions, and the ways that journalists used social media to cover the campaign. Here are a few preliminary remarks that I would like to share with you:
- Journalists in India used social media as news beat. Twitter was the most important social media tool for journalists.
- Social media provided a space for activists, intellectuals, reporters, politicians, and citizens (including expats residing in India and Indians living abroad).
- The institutionalization and greater inclusivity of social media in this election allow for a meta-narrative of a networked India that has, in a short amount of time, integrated social media into its political narrative.
- There was a rise of global and national interests for newcomers as opposed to old families reigning India.
- This election has shown that the concept of social media space in India is shaped by larger questions of access to technology, and by social, economic, and linguistic divisions within the country.
I will post the link to the full paper here soon.