City alumna invited to present at the European Communication Research and Education conference
City University London Journalism alumna, Carolina Are, was invited to present her undergraduate dissertation at the 2014 European Communication Research and Education (ECREA) conference.
ECREA is a society for communication scholars that holds a bi-annual conference featuring the best communication research, concepts and proposals from across Europe.
For her dissertation, Carolina produced a piece of research on how British journalists used Twitter to report on Margaret Thatcher's death. It was awarded the prize for highest achieving dissertation on the BA Journalism course in 2014. As a result, Carolina was encouraged by her supervisor to submit a proposal based on this work to the ECREA selection panel. Carolina's dissertation was subject to a strict peer review and was selected ahead of a number of experienced scholars.
Professor of Journalism, Suzanne Franks, said: "Carolina was an outstanding student on the Journalism BA course who produced an excellent piece of work for her final year dissertation. She was invited to attend the conference in Lisbon and presented her work in a highly professional manner. She was probably the youngest presenter amongst hundreds of scholars and PhD students attending the conference."
Carolina was thrilled to have been selected: "When I got the email saying I had been accepted I just thought 'wow!' I was really nervous before the conference, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly that speaking was a real pleasure."
"As for the content of my dissertation, my main findings were that journalists have become fully accustomed to Twitter: they use mentions, hashtags and retweets like any normal user - therefore, they also expressed bias, mostly against Thatcher rather than for her. They don't keep up a public face on their profile, they have the company account for that.
"I have been working as a social media manager for my blogs, my start-up and for other companies for a while now, so I'm aware of how social media can make or break a person or a brand. I wanted to show it can be a double-edged weapon for the credibilities and values of journalism."