Journal Article

Politicians as Media Producers: Current trajectories in the relation between journalists and politicians in the age of social media

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Abstract

The emergence of social media raises new questions concerning the relationship between journalists and politicians and between news media and politics. The increasingly complex media milieu, in which the boundaries between media producers and audiences become partly dissolved, calls for new theoretical approaches in the study of journalism. This article reassesses central theoretical arguments about the relationship between journalism, sources, politics and democracy. Drawing on a pilot study of the printed press, it explores the increased social media use among politicians in Sweden and its implications for political journalism. The article suggests that power relations between journalism and politics can be fruitfully explored from the perspective of mediatized interdependency, a perspective that acknowledges that journalists and politicians have become both actors and sources through mutual interaction in online spaces. Furthermore, it argues that social media use has expanded journalism's interest in the private life of politicians, thereby contributing to a de-politicization of politics.

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Details

  • Type:
    Journal Article (peer reviewed)
  • Journal:
    Journalism Practice, Vol 9, Issue 1.
  • Pages:
    78-91
  • Published:
    2015
  • Language:
    English

About the Authors

Mattias Ekman

Mattias Ekman is Associate Professor in Media- and Communication Studies and the director of studies for the undergraduate and master programmes. Ekman is currently heading the research project “Interactive Racism in Swedish Online Media, Press ... Read more

Andreas Widholm

Andreas Widholm is Associate Professor of journalism in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the same department in 2011. His research addresses the relationship between media, politics and cult... Read more

Reference

Ekman, M. and Widholm, A. (2015). Politicians as Media Producers: Current trajectories in the relation between journalists and politicians in the age of social media. Journalism Practice, 9(1), pp. 78-91.