Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2018

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Major

Journalism and Mass Communication

First Advisor

Jan L. Boyles

Abstract

While newspapers grapple with a transition to a digital world, community journalists continue to utilize the tools at their disposal to produce locally-focused, original content while combating declining readership and shrinking newsrooms. One of those tools is social media. Social media platforms have become seamlessly integrated into the on-the-job, day-to-day newsgathering routines of the community newspaper journalists involved in this study. This practice reflects the culture of newsroom socialization, which instills journalistic values across the organization.

Drawing from 14 in-depth interviews with American journalists at daily community newspapers, this thesis seeks to understand the underlying values of why social media has become an integral part of newsgathering process, and how the practice has become socialized in those newsrooms. This study advances that core journalistic values do not change with the entry of social platforms into daily newswork.

Copyright Owner

Jared Charles Meisinger

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

81 pages

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