Re-dissemination of news and public debate on social networks

Guallar, Javier and Suau, Jaume and Ruiz-Caballero, Carlos and Sáez, Albert and Masip, Pere Re-dissemination of news and public debate on social networks. El profesional de la información , 2016, vol. 25, n. 3, pp. 358-366. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

The results of a qualitative research study based on 12 focus groups with a total of 106 people about the role of social networks in the consumption of current information are presented. We inquired about the motivation of citizens to interact with the news on social networks, and if they consider them appropriate spaces for public debate. Some findings of this study suggest that social networks are seen as an adequate space to share news and information on matters of public interest; to extend the agenda of topics that focus on the interests of users by allowing them access to topics often silenced in their usual media; and finally, social networks are viewed as more suitable for opinions, rather than public debate.

Spanish abstract

Se presentan los resultados de una investigación cualitativa basada en la realización de 12 grupos de discusión con un total de 106 personas sobre el papel que tienen las redes sociales en el consumo de información de actualidad. Se ha indagado acerca de la motivación de los ciudadanos para interactuar con las noticias en las redes sociales, y sobre si éstos las consideran espacios adecuados para el debate público. Algunas conclusiones de este estudio apuntan a que las redes sociales son vistas como un espacio adecuado para compartir noticias e informaciones sobre asuntos de interés público, amplían la agenda de temas que centran el interés de los usuarios y les permiten acceder a temas habitualmente silenciados en sus medios de consulta habituales; y son más aptas para la opinión que para el debate público.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Online journalism; Social Networks; Active audiences; News dissemination; News consume; Public debate; Focus groups; Periodismo digital; Redes sociales; Audiencias activas; Distribución de noticias; Consumo de noticias; Debate público; Grupos de discusión.
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
G. Industry, profession and education.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HA. Periodicals, Newspapers.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HI. Electronic Media.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HT. Web 2.0, Social networks
Depositing user: Javier Guallar
Date deposited: 21 Jun 2016 15:45
Last modified: 04 Jul 2016 17:32


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