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Controlling the MessageNew Media in American Political Campaigns$
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Victoria A. "Farrar-Myers and Justin S. Vaughn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479886357

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479886357.001.0001

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Campaign News in the Time of Twitter

Campaign News in the Time of Twitter

(p.93) 5 Campaign News in the Time of Twitter
Controlling the Message

Regina G. Lawrence

NYU Press

This chapter examines the impact of Twitter on news reporting of election campaigns. Drawing on findings from a broad range of interviews with political journalists, it considers how the “affordances” of Twitter—those “features of a technology that make certain action possible”—are being utilized by campaign reporters. It begins with a discussion of campaign reporting in the past and goes on to review the emerging literature on journalists' use of social media. It then shows how Twitter has taken a central place in daily campaign reporting by focusing on the 2012 election. In particular, it explains how Twitter has extended what reporters call “the bubble,” referring to the traveling press corps. It also analyzes the impact of Twitter on reporters' transparency and objectivity and concludes by noting that journalists differ in their attitudes toward the new possibilities and imperatives of the Twitter-driven news environment.

Keywords:   news reporting, election campaigns, journalists, Twitter, social media, campaign reporting, traveling press corps, transparency, objectivity

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