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Type: Journal article
Title: Friend or foe? Regional newspapers and the power of Facebook
Author: Hess, K.
Bowd, K.
Citation: Media International Australia, 2015; 156(156):19-28
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2200-467X
2200-467X
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Kristy Hess and Kathryn Bowd
Abstract: This article examines how some regional newspapers in Australia are engaging with the social media juggernaut Facebook, and looks at the effects of this on their relationships with audiences in a digital world. We highlight how terms such as 'friend' and 'community' mask complex power struggles taking place across these two media platforms. On the one hand, Facebook can facilitate public conversation and widen the options for journalists to access information; on the other, it has become a competitor as news outlets struggle to find a business model for online spaces. We suggest that newspapers and journalists are facing challenges in navigating the complexities of a platform that crosses public/private domains at a time when the nature of 'private' and 'public' is being contested. The article adopts a 'pooled case comparison' approach, drawing on data from two separate Australian studies that examine regional newspapers in a digital landscape. The research draws on interviews with journalists and editors in Australia across three states, and on focus groups and interviews with newspaper readers in Victoria.
Rights: © University of Queensland
RMID: 0030039967
DOI: 10.1177/1329878x1515600104
Published version: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=463927848802395;res=IELLCC
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