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JOURNALISTS' USING FACEBOOK TO CLAIM THE TERRITORY, BRAG OR CRY IN DESPERATION FOR HELP: A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF A NORDIC JOURNALISTIC RESOURCE GROUP ON FACEBOOK
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1428-9477
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

On Facebook there are interest groups created by journalists, for journalists, that focus on the journalistic profession and work methods. One example is the Swedish group, "Datajournalistik" (in English, "Data Journalism") created in 2012. The group has grown to more than 1,000 Nordic members, most of whom are active data journalists working primarily at Swedish media companies. This article builds on Granovetter's theory on the strength of weak ties. A content analysis of all posts with comments has been carried out to discuss tie strength in relation to information sharing and addressivity in the group. The findings indicate that Datajournalistik forms a network where the individuals are mainly connected by weak ties. Another conclusion is that the group has a function in developing data journalistic competence, but it also functions as means for journalists to promote Nordic data journalistic work in their community giving others credit while at the same time taking some of the credit for oneself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
Keyword [en]
data journalism, facebook, content analysis
National Category
Media Studies Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-25305DiVA: diva2:766247
Conference
ECREA, Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations. Lisbon, Portugal, 12:e nov - 15:e nov, 2014,
Projects
Datajournalistik
Funder
VINNOVA
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The paper was submitted as a full paper accessible for the conference attendants.

Available from: 2014-11-26 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved

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