Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Kriminaljournalister och Flashback: En intervjustudie om pressetik i ett nytt medium
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Crime reporters and Flashback : An interview study of media ethics in a new medium (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of our study was to examine Swedish crime reporters’ approach to the social medium Flashback. Our main focus was the crime reporters’ use of the medium Flashback, and attitude towards their own use of media ethics in relation to the medium Flashback.

Flashback as a medium is not obliged to any media ethics and lacks a legally accountable publisher. In the search for information about committed crimes people tends to visit Flashback for the information that the traditional media cannot offer. In that sense Flashback challenges the foundation of media ethics today. That is why we found it interesting to study crime reporters in particular.

The study used a qualitative approach and was conducted through interviews with eight crime reporters.

We have used theories about media ethics, social media and participatory journalism to explore the development in the area and how journalists have adapted to this change.

The result shows that there are journalists who use Flashback as a journalistic tool to find information, to save time and as a mean to keep up-to-date. And moreover, the study gives examples on how an online forum with anonymous sources can be used – like any other source, as long as you are source-critical.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Media Ethics, Flashback, Crime reporters, Social media, Participatory journalism, Linnaeus University
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31491OAI: diva2:688337
Subject / course
Educational program
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-03-21 Created: 2014-01-16 Last updated: 2014-03-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

Kriminaljournalister och Flashback(608 kB)343 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 608 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Media and Journalism
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 343 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 262 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link