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Data Journalists Using Facebook: A Study of a Resource Group Created by Journalists, for Journalists.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism. (Journalistik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1428-9477
2016 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 37, no 1, 1-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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”), which was created in 2012. This article builds on Granovetter’s theory on the strength of weak ties and is focused on the skill development process taking place in the group. A content analysis has been carried out of all posts that received comments in order to explore the social functions of the group. The results indicate both a significant need for knowledge exchange and a need for self-affirmation. At the time of the study, the group was unique in the Nordic countries and as such has played a major role in data journalism’s development process in the Nordic region. 

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Nordicom, 2016. Vol. 37, no 1, 1-14 p.
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data journalism, Facebook, network theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29987DOI: 10.1515/nor-2016-0007OAI: diva2:927898
Available from: 2016-05-13 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-09-19Bibliographically approved

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