A Twitter Revolution in Breaking News

R. Keeble & J. Mair (eds.), Face The Future: Tools for the Modern Media Age, (Abramis, 2011)

11 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2012  

Daniel Bennett

University of Sussex; War Studies Department, King's College London

Date Written: April 5, 2011

Abstract

Twitter facilitates the spread of news and information enabling individuals to combat censorship and undermine the stranglehold of state-controlled media. It is undoubtedly playing a significant role in a rapidly evolving digital media landscape and 21st century politics. But journalists’ dubbing of the events in Moldova, Iran, Tunisia and Egypt as “Twitter revolutions” is perhaps more reflective of the experience of their own changing working practices than the politics on the ground. It points to a Twitter revolution occurring in the newsrooms of media organisations, evident in the increasing importance of Twitter for journalists covering breaking news stories.

Keywords: Twitter, news, media, journalism, revolution

JEL Classification: L82

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Daniel, A Twitter Revolution in Breaking News (April 5, 2011). R. Keeble & J. Mair (eds.), Face The Future: Tools for the Modern Media Age, (Abramis, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2038880

Daniel Bennett (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

War Studies Department, King's College London ( email )

United Kingdom

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