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The Convergence of Social Media and Journalism

Decades ago, journalism was defined by its gatekeeping process. But, thanks to the explosive growth in mobile technology innovation, both professional journalists and citizens serve as modern-day reporters, utilizing platforms such as Twitter feeds, Facebook live and YouTube videos as a means of information sharing. As storytelling continues to evolve because of technological change, journalism and social media will continue to converge.

Based on my initial assessment, here are the top seven academic journals and books published on the convergence of social media and journalism.

#1 Media Convergence Handbook – Vol. 1

The Media Convergence Handbook — which is part one in the Media Business and Innovation book series — sheds new light on the complexity of media convergence and acts as a reference book and educational resource by presenting general perspectives articles that address the real-world challenges of conversion in the publishing, broadcasting and social media sectors.

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#2 Journalism Secrets to Social Media Storytelling & News Reporting

The 31-minute video is designed to help students and educators understand the growing role of social media in gathering and dissemination of news, and the multiple ways to make the most of the evolving technology. Hosted by Kanopy — which partners with public libraries and universities to allow scholars and educators to view educational films for free — the program shows how to ensure information obtained is vetted and accurate, and that the story is valuable or newsworthy.

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#3 News on the Internet: Information & Citizenship in 21st Century

The authors of this book look at the dual role of the internet as a source of authoritative news and as a vehicle for citizens in contemporary democracies to create and share information. Throughout, they address the tension between the benefits of internet news provision, like increased citizen engagement, and the negative, like fragmentation of knowledge.

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#4 Social Media at BBC News: The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting

This books uses an empirical analysis of crisis news production at the BBC, showcasing the emergence of social media at this news organization and how the need to manage this kind of material led to a new media logic. Additionally, it examines the BBC’s transformation of journalistic practices and norms, including newsgathering, sourcing, distribution and impartiality.

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#5 Social Media: Communication, Sharing and Visibility

In this downloadable book, the author examines social media as industries and the new forms of communication and citizenship created by platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube. He also analyzes the meanings of sharing and privacy, internet memes, remix cultures and citizen journalism.

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#6 Editorial Gatekeeping in Citizen Journalism

In this article, the author uses a content analysis of a sample to examine the characteristics of citizen journalism websites with an editorial model, as well as how the presence of an editorial staff is associated with the practice of journalistic routines common in professional journalism.

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#7 Journalism and Media Convergence

In this book, international media practitioners and researchers describe and analyze the relationships between media convergence and advertising, public relations, social media and other areas of communication posing a challenge to journalism.

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