For Better or for Worse: The Impact of Social Media on Chinese Sports Journalists

Bo Li, Sarah Stokowski, Stephen Dittmore, Olan SCOTT

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study is to explore the impact of social media in Chinese sports journalism. After distributing an online survey using a snowball sampling technique, a total of 133 Chinese sports journalists working in print media participated in this study. The results indicated that news gathering was reported as a primary motivation to use social media. Weibo and WeChat, two localized social networking tools, were the most commonly used tools among participants. Nearly half of participating sports journalists admitted that monitoring information on social media increased their pressure level and created workloads. The majority of sports journalists believed social media had weakened their gatekeeping role due to the increase in citizen journalists and the increase in channels and sources that users obtain news and information. The study also found that the relationship between journalists and athletes has also been altered with the advent of social media.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalCommunication and Sport
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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    Li, Bo ; Stokowski, Sarah ; Dittmore, Stephen ; SCOTT, Olan. / For Better or for Worse: The Impact of Social Media on Chinese Sports Journalists. In: Communication and Sport. 2017 ; pp. 1-20.
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