What price, tag? A study of community voice and the monetization of Twitter

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Twitter increasingly represents the first draft of history and as a source for journalists. Yet, this increasing importance of the site comes at a time when Twitter marched toward and then reached profitability. Potential virtual communities such as #BlackTwitter experienced issues with increased commercialization of Twitter including various types of disruption. This study suggests the … Continue reading What price, tag? A study of community voice and the monetization of Twitter

‘It’s Maine; People Like to Feel Connected’: Traditional Standards and Community Engagement in Local Television News

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New communication technology creates new ways for local television journalists to both engage with and learn about their communities. At the same time, there seems to be an overall push for these journalists to connect with their communities in multiple other ways. This study employs a thematic analysis of interviews with local television journalists in … Continue reading ‘It’s Maine; People Like to Feel Connected’: Traditional Standards and Community Engagement in Local Television News

Cultural geography: Local news fosters audience attachment to spaces and places in the digital era

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Despite the endless struggles that larger, daily print newspapers have battled for years — including circulation and revenue declines and increasing digital competition — geographically-bounded, small-town, weekly print newspapers across the United States continuously remain vital to their communities in the digital age, as they remain faithful to their fundamental function as providers of reliable … Continue reading Cultural geography: Local news fosters audience attachment to spaces and places in the digital era