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Emotions lecture april 2019 (1)

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Emotions lecture april 2019 (1)

  1. 1. Emotion as an organising principle for understanding and creating networked journalism Prof Charlie Beckett London School of Economics April 2019, Northwestern University
  2. 2. Emotions: a working definition “Fundamentally relational, evolving out of the interactions of individuals with culture and underlying social structures”  Wahl-Jorgensen (2019)
  3. 3. A new agenda for journalism and emotions “an agenda for journalists who seek not to rage against this algorithmic machine and its emotional power source but to harness its communicative potential”  Beckett & Deuze (2016)
  4. 4. The challenge “The trend is clear: toward a more mobile, personalized, and emotionally driven news media. The challenge for the networked journalist is clear: how best to sustain the ethical, social, and economic value of journalism in this new emotionally networked environment.” Beckett and Deuze (2016)
  5. 5. The paradox of journalism power Power over agenda reduced Gatekeeping power reduced Resources diminished Competition and distraction increased Control over distribution and consumption reduced
  6. 6. The paradox of journalism power Journalism is more popular, increased attention New tools, formats and networks can make acts of journalism more efficient and effective New networks and technologies offer new pathways to the public and enhanced potential influence and value
  7. 7. The FT Uber game: data as empathy
  8. 8. Key structural challenges for journalism Business model Duplication/abundance Authoritarianism/populism Misinformation News gap/relevance
  9. 9. Truth, trust and technology Multi-truth Low-trust Technological power
  10. 10. Why emotions are more powerful now Technology: algorithms and design driven by attention economics Economics: in hyper-competitive market for news, emotion secures engagement Behaviour: online, news is consumed and shared within intimate, blended, personalized social networks
  11. 11. The emotional dystopia Irrational, antagonistic, violent discourse Extremism, fragmentation, polarization Lack of transparency Commodification
  12. 12. The value of emotions to audiences: relevance Understand why people value news Reflect a more diverse agenda of ideologies and values Be more diverse to reflect the audience’s identities Consider people’s mental health – how does it fit into their lives?
  13. 13. The six users cases of news  Dimitry Shishkin
  14. 14. The value of emotions to journalists Engagement Trust through credibility signaling Changing work boundaries Developing emotional literacy with media literacy Fostering editorial diversity and creativity Allowing for subjectivity with transparency and ‘humble, curious listening’
  15. 15. Emotions as central to editorial strategy
  16. 16. The value of emotions to ‘quality’ Authenticity as well as authority Curation as well as personalization Serendipity as well as relevance Consider the impact: constructive as well as critical Consider the format: creativity as well as convenience
  17. 17. Emotions and AI
  18. 18. Conclusion: the mission to be human
  19. 19. Thanks for your attention, keep in touch! @CharlieBeckett C.h.beckett@lse.ac.uk https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/polis/category/director/

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