The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook

Murrell, Colleen 2014, The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook, Australian journalism review, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 15-27.

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Title The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook
Author(s) Murrell, Colleen
Journal name Australian journalism review
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 27
Total pages 13
Publisher Journalism Education Association of Australia
Place of publication Adelaide, S. A.
Publication date 2014-07
ISSN 0810-2686
Keyword(s) newsgathering
foreign correspondents
fixers
freelancers
social capital
Vulture Club
Summary Facebook is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014. Like its social media cousin, Twitter, Facebook has transformed how journalists gather and disseminate international news. On Facebook, freelance journalists work together in open and closed communities to share information about news production in the latest crisis news datelines. One such community is the Vulture Club. This 'secret' site is being used to garner resources that previously were available only to mainstream staff correspondents. The majority of the posts on this site seek advice on good fixers, visas, safety gear, hotels and contacts. This article uses content analysis to examine posts on the VC site. It concentrates in particular on requests by freelance journalists for help with finding fixers in different countries. The study compares this model to a previous research study on staff correspondents and fixers. The findings are theorised by employing the work of Pierre Bourdieu on the acquisition of social and cultural capital. 
Language eng
Field of Research 190301 Journalism Studies
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Journalism Education Association of Australia
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