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Journalism, Activism and Community - Two faces of Facebook: digital methods...
Wed 22 June 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Jerome Turner and Vanessa Jackson (BCU) - Two faces of Facebook: digital methods for participant-based research
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This presentation will demonstrate and discuss two approaches to using Facebook as a tool for participant-based research. Jerome Turner’s ethnographic study of hyperlocal news media audiences in south Birmingham demanded methods that allowed participants to engage on their own terms. The study largely focused on the organisation’s Facebook page so it was logical to create a Facebook Group as a platform for conversations with participants, taking advantage of the embedded nature of Facebook in the audience’s everyday lives.
Vanessa Jackson’s study of television historiography, through her project concerning BBC Pebble Mill, http://pebblemill.org, in contrast uses a Facebook Page as a platform to source comments, memories and artefacts from a nascent online community, in order to build a bottom-up history of broadcasting at the Birmingham production centre. Her research examines who the users of the Pebble Mill studios Facebook page are and their interaction with it, exploring whether the group constitutes a virtual community.
This presentation invites discussion, first demonstrating each of the two approaches to focus on the practicalities of setting up such platforms and exploring how they functionally operate, before exploring the real potential and pitfalls.
About the speakers:
Jerome Turner is a research assistant at BCMCR with interests in community media and digital media, following work on the AHRC Creative Citizens project. His PhD research focuses on hyperlocal community media audiences and he hopes to complete next year.
Vanessa Jackson is a senior lecturer in Television, and Course Director of the BA (Hons) in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University. She is studying for a PhD part-time at Royal Holloway, exploring how multimedia online archival practices can present us with new historiographical opportunities.