The evolution of citizen media and journalism

I recently had the great opportunity to write an encyclopedia entry with C.W. Anderson titled “Citizen media and journalism” for The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society (Wiley). In this entry, we historicized and conceptualized citizen media, a term that is becoming intertwined with journalism. Indeed, “Citizen media is defined as a form of journalism that provides an alternative to traditional journalism. It is now an integral part of journalism input, production, dissemination, and consumption. The citizen media that emerged at the end of the twenty-first century is associated with the rapid rise of the Internet and Web 2.0. as a source of broadcasting and public information,” we wrote. Give us your thoughts on the topic. Link to the entry Citizen Media and Journalism

An advanced copy of Social Media at BBC News

photoHappy to have received an advanced copy of my new book Social Media at BBC News. Thanks Routledge!

You can still order my book now, buy it on Amazon, ask Routledge for a review copy or recommend to a librarian! Let me know your thoughts on the book.

A 1 min. video for my new book Social Media at BBC News

A colleague runs a company that seeks to make complex academic ideas more accessible to a wider public using short videos (see sample projects made in collaboration with universities here). I collaborated with him to build an accessible 1 min. account of my new book Social Media at BBC News: The Remaking of Crisis Reporting.

The aim of this video is to showcase that by studying social practices, their meaning, and their impact in society, we can understand the news production process. Such research reveals the complex ways in which media shapes and is shaped by society. This kind of study requires a critical understanding of the technological, political, economic, professional, and social contexts in which news is produced daily.

Click on the image below to view the video:

Social Media at BBC News from Kindea Labs on Vimeo.

You can order my book now, buy it on Amazon, ask Routledge for a review copy or recommend to a librarian. Routledge has also gracefully agreed to publish open access the introduction of the book on the book’s webpage (available soon).

I am looking forward to more discussion on the topic with you.

2014 in perspective

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. 6244-503, 9781138823488 copyI 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.

Elections in India and digital storytelling

1280px-Election_MG_3455I 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.



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