Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Sociala medier-journalistens nya källor?: En kvantitativ undersökning av användandet av citat från sociala medier i svensk press
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
Social media – a new form of interview? : A quantitative study of the use of quotations from social media in Swedish press (English)
Abstract [en]

Is social media becoming a new form of interview? 

This is a quantitative study about the use of quotations from social media in Swedish newspapers. We chose the online editions of two of Sweden’s biggest newspapers for this, namely and

Although we noticed a big difference between the more serious and the more scandal-oriented both newspaper still frequently used quotations from social media.

The thing that we found most troublesome about this phenomenon was the fact that we found that journalists very rarely contacted the person whose quotations they used. That meant that the interviewee had a very slim chance of correcting any misunderstandings.

It also opened up the opportunity for certain people to use the media to spread their own agendas without getting questioned.

We used the social institutionalizing theory and the social responsibility theory to verify our findings. We also used the concept of the Megaphone effect to help better understand this phenomenon.

The study concludes that use of quotations from social media, without the element of an interview, is a danger to the credibility of the Swedish press.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
social media, quotes, quotations, twitter, facebook, instagram, blogs, tumblr, sources, journalism, ethic
Keyword [sv]
sociala medier, citat, quotations, twitter, facebook, instagram, bloggar, tumblr, källor, journalistik, etik
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33655OAI: diva2:710669
Subject / course
Educational program
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-04-07 Last updated: 2014-07-07Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(894 kB)865 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 894 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Media and Journalism
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 865 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: 95 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link