News Production and the People of Silence: Pseudo-professional WhatsApp News Groups in the Era of News Mobility

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Abstract

Mobile technology is part and parcel of the news today, perhaps to such a degree that it is hard to imagine news without it. This technology has affected those platforms on which news is being produced, for example, but also the array of actors that are involved in its manufacturing through mobile technology, thereby illustrating news as an ongoing information construction process in which professionals and other participants join hands. Stemming from a socio-technical emphasis in journalism this paper addresses the interplay between mobile news technology and social actors by focusing on three leading Israeli WhatsApp news groups (“People of Silence”, “Field Security” and “Reports from the Ground”) and the daily supply of materials delivered via these groups from their participating members. Based on a thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with the groups’ founders, supported by the groups’ materials and messages data, findings show how these groups perform as unique pseudo-professional news groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-661
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism Studies
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

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Keywords

  • News mobility
  • WhatsApp groups
  • digital journalism
  • mobile media
  • news production
  • participatory journalism

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