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A Gap in Networked Publics? A Comparison of Younger and Older Journalists’ Newsgathering Practices on Social Media

A Gap in Networked Publics? A Comparison of Younger and Older Journalists’ Newsgathering Practices on Social Media

Category
Journal publication
Abstract
Several recent studies have examined how professional journalists use social media at work. However, we know little about the differences between younger and older journalists’use of social media for newsgathering. We conducted 16 in-depth interviews comparing eight young journalists (median age = 24) with eight older journalists (median age = 50) in Norway. The younger journalists reported using multiple social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, to collect politically significant information, news observations, sources and comments. By comparison, the older journalists reported relying heavily on elite sources on Twitter. This reluctance to use a variety of social media platforms may limit older journalists’ exposure to a variety of news sources. As a result, younger journalists seem to follow a more multi-perspectival approach to social media and may be more innovative in their newsgathering. Hence, younger journalists may be exposed to more diverse types of news sources than older journalists. Together, the findings indicate a generational gap in ‘networked publics’ concerning how younger and older journalists approach newsgathering in social media.
Client
  • EU / 610928
Language
English
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation
Year
2018
Published in
Nordicom Review
ISSN
1403-1108
Publisher
Nordicom
Volume
39
Issue
1
Page(s)
95 - 109