Al Jazeera In 1000 Academic Studies

121. Name: Yomna Kamel Title: News, Activism and Social Media: Reporting the Egyptian Revolution and its aftermath by Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, RT and XINHUA Institution: Bournemouth University Country: United Kingdom Date: 2014 Language: English Abstract: This study examines the impact of an evolving relationship between news organizations and social media-equipped activists on the coverage of the Egyptian Revolution. By examining disparities in news coverage, the study explores possible changes in journalism practices, and detects emerging patterns pertaining to journalist- source relationships and human rights reporting. While exploring possible changes in journalism practices, it also questions whether the existing normative media typology frameworks have been disrupted. The findings identify three emerging patterns: a counter-elite sourcing practice, human rights-centered reporting, and a disruption in existing normative media typology frameworks. If these patterns continue to develop, they might show an early feature of a new era in journalism. Using an integrated content-textual analysis, the study analyzes the news coverage of the Egyptian revolution by Arabic and English news sites of five international news organizations: Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, RT, and XINHUA. Textual analysis is used to look at possible lexical consonance between activists’ entries on social media and the non- attributed lexical choices identified in news stories. The textual analysis is supported by two sets of surveys that target Egyptian activists and journalists.


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