The Social Journalist

News Work and News Organizations in an Age of Networked Sociality


Duration: 2012 – 2014

Research Areas
Journalism Studies, Media and Communication Studies


The explosive spread of “social media” such as blogs, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been well-documented in popular media and academia. To date, most research has come in the form of broad, general surveys on who is using social networking sites, and what is being produced. Few studies have addressed the motivations behind the use of social media within specific work/organizational settings, and the broader professional, organizational implications of such use. The purpose of The Social Journalist: News Work and News Organizations in an Age of Networked Sociality, therefore, is to offer an investigation into use of social media by news workers and news organizations in journalism in Sweden, with the goal of advancing theory pertaining to the profession of journalism and social media.

At the root of the project is a desire to go beyond superficial examinations of how and why news workers engage with social media, and to examine such use at a deeper level. In order to achieve these goals, the research will revolve around the use of social media by news workers and organizations in relation to the concepts of professional capital and branding/brand capital.

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About the Members

Christian Christensen

Christian Christensen is Professor of Journalism at the Department of Media Studies. Christian obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. His recent publications have addressed the... Read more

Miyase Christensen

Miyase Christensen (Ph.D. the University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Stockholm University and Affiliated Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and Environment, the R... Read more