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What is Advocacy Journalism

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Journalism as critique and change agent ( Thomas, 2018 ).
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The Voice of Social Media, 1997-2018
Bruce Lawrence Cook (Cook Communication, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch100
Until 2006, news and internet communication came from trusted sources which basically served as gatekeepers. In those times it was difficult for an individual to publish information. However, from 1997 to 2006, the advent of small writer websites permitted postings by lesser-known individuals. This article traces the historical shift from top-down communication to the early stages of Internet participation for individuals. While these developments would seem to have eliminated perceived problems with journalistic advocacy, the opposite may have occurred. Facebook is accused of contaminating a US presidential election and US President Donald Trump has been using Twitter to broadcast his own version of the news. As a result, the discussion has shifted to consideration of Social Media censorship and questions of freedom of expression.
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