The Digital-Born and Legacy News Media on Twitter during the French Presidential Elections
In this RISJ Factsheet, we analyse a sample of 2.96 million news-related tweets from a larger dataset of 43.5 million tweets collected during the 2017 French Presidential elections to examine the role of digital-born and legacy news media in online political discussions in France.We found that legacy media, most notably newspapers and broadcasters, figured very prominently in the political discussion on Twitter. Legacy media generated more than seven times as much activity and engagement as digital-born news media during the election. 88.43% of news-related tweets collected either originated with or included explicit reference to legacy media, compared to 11.56% that originated with or included explicit reference to digital-born news media.
Citation: Majó-Vázquez, S., Zhao, J., & Nielsen, R. K. (2017). The Digital-Born and Legacy Media News Media on Twitter during the French Presidential Elections. Oxford, UK.