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'Can I click it? Yes you can': Football journalism, Twitter, and clickbait

Cable, Jonathan and Mottershead, Glyn 2018. 'Can I click it? Yes you can': Football journalism, Twitter, and clickbait. Ethical Space 15 (1/2)

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This paper is part of an ongoing longitudinal analysis of the Twitter timelines of 15 major football media outlets from 2010 to 2017. It aims to demonstrate how over time the need for content has increased the scale and frequency of tweets, duplication of content and an increased focus on high profile football clubs, players and managers. The use of Twitter in this way is more directed at being a one-directional broadcasting medium, where content is increasingly homogenised – and where search engine optimisation and attractive headlines trump journalistic content. On the most basic of levels clickbait exists to generate traffic, increase site visitors and attract more advertising. As a result, this is reducing the quality of football journalism in a never-ending quest for easy content.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Communications Ethics
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 January 2018
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 11:10

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