The Dissemination of News and a Channel for Activism
Iman Maani, ’22, is a recent graduate who majored in Global Studies and Sociology. She interned at North Country Public Radio where she produced news stories on a variety of topics, including Juneteenth, feminist movements in the North Country, and Indigenous art. Having worked as the opinions editor for The Hill News and a journalist and digital communications coordinator for Weave News, she has experience working on the production of articles, podcasts, and social media content.
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.