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Social Networks as News Sources in Croatia’s Most Viewed Television Newscast

Marija Volarević ; graduated in Journalism at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Domagoj Bebić orcid id ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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Assuming that journalists use social networks when searching for news, this paper represents one of the first studies to explore how often television journalists use social networks as news sources in the main television newscasts. Using content analysis, this paper examines news reports that mention social networks from 1 March to 31 May 2013, in the main Daily News on public service Croatian Television (HTV) and commercial national television channel Nova TV. The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent to which social media is used as a source for news by television journalists. The study shows that television journalists have started using social networks as news sources when searching for information and that they tend to use the information from the most popular social networks, Facebook and Twitter. The analysis points to substantial differences between HTV and Nova TV in reporting on events with information from social networks.


social network, television, journalism, news source, Croatian Television (HTV ), Nova TV

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