Social Media and the Politics of Reportage
Fig. 1. Social Media and the Politics of Reportage. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Palgrave Macmillan published a new book titled "Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The 'Arab Spring'" edited by Saba Bebawi and Diana Bossio.

Publication Data

Bebawi, Saba & Bossio, Diana (Eds.). Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The 'Arab Spring'. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 9781137361394.


Social Media and the Politics of Reportage explores the role of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs, within the field of global journalism with a focus on the recent protests during the 'Arab Spring'. The book is timely as it deals with the transforming media landscape during crisis reporting as a result of the rise of social media news coverage and usage. Specifically, this book focuses on the journalistic challenges, issues and opportunities that have arisen as a result of social media increasingly being used as a form of crisis reporting.
The 'Arab Spring' has been represented in the mainstream media as a 'social media revolution'; the hyperbole of headlines claims a seismic shift away from the traditional news correspondence and towards an era of citizen journalism and social media reporting.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Saba Bebawi and Diana Bossio
Part I: Interactions and Challenges
1. Journalism during the Arab Spring: Interactions and Challenges by Diana Bossio
2. The Arab Spring on Twitter: Language Communities in #egypt and #libya by Axel Bruns and Tim Highfield
3. Al Jazeera English's Networked Journalism During the 2011 Egyptian Uprising by William Lafi Youmans
Part II: Political Effects
4. Syrian Activists in Russia: The limits of Visibility in a Hostile Host Country by Mervi Pantti and Evgeniya Boklage
5. Twitter-ized Revolution: Extending the Governance Empire by Robert Imre and Stephen Owen
Part III: Predicting the Future
6. A Shift in Media Power: The Mediated Public Sphere During the 'Arab Spring' by Saba Bebawi

About the Authors

Saba Bebawi is Lecturer in Journalism at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. With interests in the role of political communication, public diplomacy and democracy-building, Dr Bebawi has previously held academic positions at Monash University in Australia and Zayed University in the UAE. 

Diana Bossio is the convenor of the Media and Communications postgraduate programs at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She obtained her PhD from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, which looked at government and media representations of post-September 11 insecurity. Dr Bossio also facilitates The Burn magazine and the undergraduate and postgraduate work experience programs.

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