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Title: Reconstructing crisis reporting: social media and BBC news production
Author: Belair-Gagnon , Valerie
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Since the emergence of social media, the BBC has sought to produce reporting more connected to its audience while retaining its authority as a public broadcaster in crisis reporting. On the one hand, news production studies theorists argue that mainstream news organisations have had difficulties adapting to social media and become closer to Its audience. On the other hand, crisis ' reporting research claim that the emergence of social media has led these news organisations to adopt a more "sensitive" and "collaborative" type of reporting. Using a comprehensive empirical analysis of crisis news production at the BBC since the London bombing attacks pf 7 July, 2005, this dissertation presents an alternative argument. It shows that the emergence of social media at the BBC and the need to manage this kind of material led to a new media logic in which tech-savvy journalists take on a new centrality in the newsroom. In this changed context, the politico-economic and socio-cultural logic have led to a more connected newsroom involving this new breed of journalists and BBC audience. This examination of news production events shows that in the midst of theses transformations in journalistic practices and norms, including news-gathering, sourcing, distribution and impartiality, the BBC has reasserted its authority as a public broadcaster.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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