chapter  5
19 Pages

Doing network newswork

Professional norms and individual preferences
WithAmira Firdaus

Across different news outlets, contrasting ideological-organizational contexts lead to divergent interpretations of the journalistic value of networked sources and social media content. However, commonalities in journalistic routines become apparent lower down the hierarchy of influences on network newswork. Across both professional- as well as government-model news outlets, journalists use social media to monitor global and local political developments and emergency events. Nonetheless, long-established traditional journalistic norms and technical production considerations usually take precedence. A perceived need to protect occupational boundaries and professional pride in "doing our own journalism" informs journalists’ privileging of traditional newswork practices, over that of newly emerging network newswork.