Reading and writing the news in the fifth estate

Jennifer Beckett*, Catharine Lumby

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Beckett and Lumby explore the impact of social media on journalism. In particular they address the use of Twitter to convey news information at extraordinary speed, while advancing news events - or 'stories' - in real time. Beckett and Lumby analyse the various challenges confronting journalism in the age of 'the news that never sleeps'.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Writing
EditorsJohn Potts
Place of PublicationHampshire
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781137440402
ISBN (Print)9781137440396
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2014


  • Ethics
  • Journalism
  • Social media
  • Speed
  • Twitter

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    Beckett, J., & Lumby, C. (2014). Reading and writing the news in the fifth estate. In J. Potts (Ed.), The Future of Writing (pp. 115-126). Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.