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ELITE INTERACTION Public service broadcasters' use of Twitter during national elections in Norway and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
Number of Authors: 32017 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 11, no 9, p. 1137-1157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While a good deal of research has examined the uses of Twitter in journalism, comparably few research projects employ comparative research designs in order to provide new insights. The present study details Twitter use by public service broadcasters (PSBs) during recent national elections in Norway and Sweden. Utilizing quantitative analysis of social media content in tandem with qualitative interviews with key PSB journalists, the main results indicate that while the PSB organizations-the Norwegian NRK and the Swedish SVT-are both frequently contacted by regular citizens on Twitter, they seem to prefer to retweet and interact with journalists, politicians or other elite users. Compared with the interviews performed, the study uncovers an interesting tension as journalists often talk about the need to engage with regular users-a practice that is arguably in line with PSB regulations, but that is seldom adhered to in the contexts studied here.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 9, p. 1137-1157
Keywords [en]
comparative research, elections, Norway, public service broadcasting, Sweden, Twitter
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151044DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2016.1234943ISI: 000417208900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151044DiVA, id: diva2:1172090
Available from: 2018-01-09 Created: 2018-01-09 Last updated: 2018-01-09Bibliographically approved

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