Investigative journalism in a socially networked world

Gearing, Amanda (2014) Investigative journalism in a socially networked world. Pacific Journalism Review, 20(1), pp. 61-75.

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This article explores how investigative journalists can join the network society by moving online, collaborating with other reporters and media outlets across regions and across national borders, yet publishing in newspapers which arguably remain the central stage of the public sphere (Carson, 2013). A better understanding of the potential of social media and web-based communications for undertaking journalistic investigations can lead to the adoption of a global perspective, enriching local, regional and national stories (Berglez, 2013). The research and collaboration for a transnational story published simultaneously in The Australian and collaboration in London in 2013 may provide insights into the potential for the use of social media platforms and web-based communications for finding stories, collaborating and following stories into the social media to find leads to follow-up stories. This article questions whether the synergies between mainstream media and social media platforms may yield potentially high impact stories for major masthead newspapers and thus contribute to their sustainability. Connectivity with news sources has always been an important resource for journalists. Online networks may have the potential to expand the range of voices that can be heard and the issues that can be covered.

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ID Code: 68624
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: collaboration, internet, investigative journalism, network theory, news sources, online networks, social media, web-based communication
ISSN: 1023-9499
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 AUT University
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2014 02:01
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 08:38

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