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Understanding “Good” and “Bad” Twitter Practices in Alternative Media: An Analysis of Online Political Media in the UK (2015–2018)

Richard Thomas Orcid Logo, Declan McDowell-Naylor, Stephen Cushion

Journalism Practice, Volume: 18, Issue: 3, Pages: 683 - 702

Swansea University Author: Richard Thomas Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Alternative Online Political Media (AOPM) have become increasingly important within international news landscapes, but their social media practices have received limited academic attention. Our large-scale content analysis (N = 14807) offers the first comprehensive study of how APOM in the UK use Tw...

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Published in: Journalism Practice
ISSN: 1751-2786 1751-2794
Published: Informa UK Limited 2024
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59567
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Abstract: Alternative Online Political Media (AOPM) have become increasingly important within international news landscapes, but their social media practices have received limited academic attention. Our large-scale content analysis (N = 14807) offers the first comprehensive study of how APOM in the UK use Twitter. Drawing on a pertinent model of social media use that enhances notions of “good” and “bad” journalism, and through our own sentiment analysis, we find Twitter norms closely aligned with those of legacy media, including a relatively limited online interaction with audiences. We conclude that while AOPM follow many social media logics consistent with mainstream news sites and add to the wider realm of political analysis, their highly partisan content means that their Twitter use cannot be considered balanced, neutral or objective.
Keywords: Twitter; content analysis; alternative media; “good” journalism; social media strategy; alternative online political media
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: This work was supported by Economic and Social Research Council.
Issue: 3
Start Page: 683
End Page: 702