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The Dissemination of News and a Channel for Activism

Class of 2022
Global Studies
Iman Maani, ’22, is a recent graduate who majored in Global Studies and Sociology. She interned at North Country Public Radio and produced news stories on a variety of topics, including local Juneteenth celebrations and the 1970s feminist movement in upstate New York. Having worked as the opinions editor for...

The creation of innovative digital social networks and platforms has transformed how information is disseminated for online users. The following paper is comprised of a literature review that examines the relationship between Twitter and journalism, democracy, disinformation and citizen journalism. The sections in the literature review aims to provide a framework in understanding the significance of using Twitter and the theoretical framework revolving around it. The paper also includes an outline of a proposed social media strategy for Weave News, a grassroots media organization of journalists and activists. The proposals shed light towards the ways in which Weave News can effectively use Twitter. With organizations becoming more reliant on social media to connect with their followers and to increase awareness over their brands, the following paper ultimately aims to explain the complexity behind using the social media platform of Twitter.