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Too much buzz about nothing? Uses of social media in Czech news production

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posted on 14.09.2016 by Vaclav Stetka, Radim Hladik
This chapter contributes to the debate about the impact of social media on the changing patterns of news production. Applying content analysis to a six-month sample of news articles from 2013, this empirical study explores the influence of information on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, on the agenda of the main Czech news media outlets (both print and electronic). The chapter addresses following questions: Which topics get covered using social media as news sources? What purpose do the quotes from social networks serve within the overall logic of news stories? Do references to social media reflect their role as sources or their appeal as a topic in its own right? The analysis aims to find out if there are differences between tabloid and quality press in the references to social media content. Finally, the study strives to assess whether the reliance on social media in newsgathering changes the established practices of gatekeeping and opens up new possibilities for actors and civic groups often denied access to traditional mainstream media.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Democracy and Media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 Years On

Volume

4

Pages

197 - 216

Citation

STETKA, V. and HLADIK, R., 2015. Too much buzz about nothing? Uses of social media in Czech news production. IN: DOBEK-OSTROWSKA, B. and GLOWACKI, M. (eds.) Democracy and Media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 Years On. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 4, pp. 197 - 216.

Publisher

© Peter Lang

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

Closed access. This is a chapter from the book, Democracy and Media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 Years On.

ISBN

9783653044522

Book series

Studies in Communication and Politics

Language

en

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