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Politicians as Media Producers: Current trajectories in the relation between journalists and politicians in the age of social media
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2015 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 9, no 1, 78-91 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The emergence of social media raises new questions concerning the relationship between journalists and politicians and between news media and politics. The increasingly complex media milieu, in which the boundaries between media producers and audiences become partly dissolved, calls for new theoretical approaches in the study of journalism. This article reassesses central theoretical arguments about the relationship between journalism, sources, politics and democracy. Drawing on a pilot study of the printed press, it explores the increased social media use among politicians in Sweden and its implications for political journalism. The article suggests that power relations between journalism and politics can be fruitfully explored from the perspective of mediatized interdependency, a perspective that acknowledges that journalists and politicians have become both actors and sources through mutual interaction in online spaces. Furthermore, it argues that social media use has expanded journalisms interest in the private life of politicians, thereby contributing to a de-politicization of politics.

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2015. Vol. 9, no 1, 78-91 p.
Keyword [en]
commercialisation, journalism, political communication, social media, sources, Twitter
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106020DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2014.928467OAI: diva2:734616
Available from: 2014-07-18 Created: 2014-07-18 Last updated: 2015-04-07Bibliographically approved

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