Dr Bruce Mutsvairo was a journalist at the Associated Press bureau in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for fours years. Since 2013, he has been at Northumbria, conducting cross-disciplinary research in social media, citizen engagement and political participation.
When celebrated media and communication theorist Dennis McQuail proposed in 1992 that news was a selective, socially manufactured product with the power to determine and define events, he hadn’t heard of social media. Not every occurrence is necessarily news, he wrote. His argument was based on the notion that the “gatekeepers” (who are mostly journalists […] Read more