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Citizens at the Gates

Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism

Authors: Barnard, Stephen R.

  • Engages with timely, highly illustrative real-world case studies
  • Cuts ably across fields, drawing from literature and theory across communications, media sociology, and journalism
  • Serve as a snapshot of a historic moment in journalism that many will want to revisit
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About this book

Drawing insights from nearly a decade of mixed-method research, Stephen R. Barnard analyzes Twitter’s role in the transformation of American journalism. As the work of media professionals grows increasingly hybrid, Twitter has become an essential space where information is shared, reporting methods tested, and power contested. In addition to spelling opportunity for citizen media activism, the normalization of digital communication adds new channels of influence for traditional thought leaders, posing notable challenges for the future of journalism and democracy. In his analyses of Twitter practices around newsworthy events—including the Boston Marathon bombing, protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the election of Donald Trump—Barnard brings together conceptual and theoretical lenses from multiple academic disciplines, bridging sociology, journalism, communication, media studies, science and technology studies, and political science. 

About the authors

Stephen R. Barnard is Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University, USA. 

Reviews

“Citizens at the Gates makes a compelling case that Twitter is transforming and mixing American journalism and political activism in new ways. Drawing on his sophisticated command of Bourdieusian field theory, Stephen Barnard offers an original analysis of the complex interweaving of technological affordances and socially structured practices. This is an impressive book and an indispensable guide to making sense of the contemporary media landscape.” (Rodney Benson, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, USA)

“No one doubts journalism is changing profoundly, but how is its transformation related to broader shifts in the social world? Only an approach rooted in social theory can answer that question. Stephen Barnard’s exciting new book is one of the first to pursue it, offering a convincing account of how media sources such as Twitter are acquiring influence in journalistic practice and changing journalistic values. Essential reading for those curious about where journalism is heading.” (Nick Couldry, Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Barnard, Stephen R.

    Pages 1-12

  • Twitter: More than 140 Characters

    Barnard, Stephen R.

    Pages 13-31

  • Understanding the Gates: The Journalistic Field in a Time of Mediatization

    Barnard, Stephen R.

    Pages 33-60

  • “Tweet or Be Sacked”: Hybridity and Shifts in (Professional) Journalistic Practice

    Barnard, Stephen R.

    Pages 61-82

  • The Pros and Cons of Pro-Am Journalism: Breaking News During the #BostonMarathon Bombing and Beyond

    Barnard, Stephen R.

    Pages 83-100

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90446-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-319-90445-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Citizens at the Gates
Book Subtitle
Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90446-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90446-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90445-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 215
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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