Social media users now engage almost instinctively in collective and collaborative gatewatching processes as they respond to major breaking news stories, as well as in their day-to-day sharing of interesting articles with their social media contacts.
Meanwhile, existing media outlets are increasingly seeking to maximise the shareability of their stories via social media, and a number of new players (such as BuzzFeed) are fundamentally built around providing ‘viral’ content.
This talk shows how this impacts on news industry practices and approaches. It reviews the practices of everyday users as they engage with the news, and highlights how enterprising journalists have come to connect and engage with such users. It traces the conflicted responses of journalists and news outlets from their early dismissals to gradual engagement with social media, and asks whether, as journalism is subsumed into social media, news outlets can remain distinctive enough to survive.
“Gatewatching and News Curation:
Journalism and Social Media”
by Prof. Axel Bruns
October 17 th, 2018
Conference Room 55.309
Edifi Tànger. Access by Roc Boronat, 138
Campus del Poblenou – Universitat Pompeu Fabra