Twitter and Beyond: Journalistic Practice, Platforms, and the Future of Media Power

  • Stephen R. Barnard


This conclusion summarizes and assesses changes in the journalistic field due to the increasing influence of Twitter and networked publics. The chapter discusses professional and citizen journalists’ use of Twitter to gather and share the news, critique it, and to hold media institutions accountable for violations of the public trust. After reviewing changes in journalistic capital, norms, and values, the chapter reflects on how the field’s structures and “elements of practice,” are being adapted for an increasingly hybrid, interactive field. It argues that a “mediatized superstructure” that alters the dynamics of media power is emerging. Finally, the chapter considers key challenges American journalism faces going forward.


Twitter Journalism Gatekeeping Gatewatching Gatecrashing Field theory Mediatization Media power Platforms Algorithms Fake news 


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  • Stephen R. Barnard
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  1. 1.Department of SociologySt. Lawrence UniversityCantonUSA

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