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    Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?

Emotionally networked journalism: regaining trust, rebuilding truth?

This is the text of a talk by Professor Charlie Beckett at the University of Adelaide’s News Reporting And Emotions conference, September 2017. You can read a longer, more academic version here.

Introduction: how news is turning emotional and how journalists should respond

In the wake of the success of various ‘populist’ political campaigns such as Brexit and Trump, there has been a […]

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    Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Traditionally in journalism  ‘objectivity’ has been seen as superior to ‘subjectivity’. But with the growth of social, journalism is turning more emotional. I’ve long advocated a more ‘networked’ journalism but in the face of recent panics about fake and hyper-partisan news do we now need a way of talking about the world that properly blends human interest with factual […]

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    The Charlie Gard twitterstorm: a violent and negative impact (new research)

The Charlie Gard twitterstorm: a violent and negative impact (new research)

This article by Dr Ranjana Das, a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey.

In a recent blog-post I presented some findings from the Facebook presence of the Charlie Gard support campaign, outlining some strategies through which populist politics seemed to have been performed within the campaign, playing out in interesting ways using the very architecture of social media. I […]

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    Nine media trends changing our complex and unstable public sphere

Nine media trends changing our complex and unstable public sphere

As political journalists are only too aware, we are in an age where the act of prediction is struggling to cope with a complex, unstable, diverse world. This is especially true of news media and information structures because they are going through profound and rapid change. We can look to the past for some models of media disruption. Timothy Wu’s MasterSwitch […]

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    Did broadcast stage-management create a vacuum for social media?

Did broadcast stage-management create a vacuum for social media?

The following article is my contribution to an excellent collection of political and media analysis of the 2017 UK General Election edited by Bournemouth University.

I described the 2015 election as “the banal theatre of the tightest, most sterile, stage-managed campaign ever”. Little did I realise that within two years we would see an even more closed on-screen campaign. But […]

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