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BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE: A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF THE REAL-TIME COVERAGE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS IN PARIS BY AFP AND REUTERS NEWS AGENCIES ON TWITTER
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Contemporary discussions in journalism research take an interest in the use of Twitter in a context of live-news coverage. This study aims to examine how news agencies are broadcasting news on Twitter and what role they have online when it comes to spreading information. To get a grasp of these subjects, the study will try to answer the following questions:

How was the breaking news story of the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13th, 2015 covered on Twitter by Agence France Presse and Reuters agencies?

This research is based on the literature review analyze the evolution of the news sharing process caused by social media, in order to determine how news organizations have adapted. It also describes the use of Twitter by journalists especially when live-reporting events. Through this literature review, the study tries to define the relationship between news organizations and citizen journalism on Twitter to figure out the news agencies’ gatekeeping role on this platform.

The study uses a qualitative content analysis to draw conclusions on the subject exposed above. It examines a dataset made of tweets from Agence France Presse (AFP) and Reuters agencies broadcasting on Twitter during the terrorist attacks of Paris on November 13th, 2015.

This case example shows a specific pattern used by news agencies to communicate on Twitter. This pattern results from an adaptation of journalistic convention to online platforms and the immediacy that they offer. Finally, the study clarifies the gatekeeping role of news agencies that currently remains unchanged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 46 p.
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-58770OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-58770DiVA: diva2:1128091
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
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Available from: 2017-07-21 Created: 2017-07-21 Last updated: 2017-07-21Bibliographically approved

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