Runge, Evelyn ORCID: 0000-0001-9622-2393 (2021). Photo-Editors and Para-Photojournalists on Twitter. The Commodification of Networked Images. Animus. Revista Interamericana de Comunicação Midiática, 29 (43). pp. 27-46. Santa Maria: University Press. ISSN 2175-4977

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The microblogging service Twitter has gained importance as an exchange platform for news photos that, in collaboration with renowned media, might trigger immediate reactions from photo editors. Twitter conversations among photo editors and photo creators – produsers, citizen photojournalists, para-photojournalists – show that photo editors turn to (amateur) photographers to request permission to use their eyewitness material in journalistic publications. Reviewing the contested space of digital visual journalism between produsers, photo editors, and the commodification of networked images, I present three scenarios which exhibit how terms of use are negotiated online – hence publicly visible – between creators of Twitpics and editors of newspapers or photo agencies. The paper concludes with five results of the relation between photo editors and para-photojournalists on Twitter: fairness, efficiency, the value of digital images, effects of image sharing practices on visual journalism, and produsers’ daily media practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-525558
Journal or Publication Title: Animus. Revista Interamericana de Comunicação Midiática
Volume: 29
Number: 43
Page Range: pp. 27-46
Date: July 2021
Publisher: University Press
Place of Publication: Santa Maria
ISSN: 2175-4977
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Medienkultur und Theater
Subjects: News media, journalism, publishing
Social sciences
Political science
Technology (Applied sciences)
The arts
Photography and photographs
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Refereed: Yes


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