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The Hybrid Media SystemPolitics and Power$
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Andrew Chadwick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190696726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190696726.001.0001

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Power, Interdependence, and Hybridity in the Construction of Political News: Understanding WikiLeaks

Power, Interdependence, and Hybridity in the Construction of Political News: Understanding WikiLeaks

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(p.103) 5 Power, Interdependence, and Hybridity in the Construction of Political News: Understanding WikiLeaks
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The Hybrid Media System
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Andrew Chadwick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696726.003.0006

Chapter 5 builds on several of the news-making themes presented in chapter 4. Here, however, the book takes a different tack by examining the extraordinary rise to prominence of WikiLeaks in the late 2000s and early 2010s. This chapter tells the story of the symbiotic relationship that emerged between WikiLeaks, its network of supporters, and those professional journalists who were so crucial to the success of the 2010 war logs and embassy cables “megaleaks.” The chapter shows how the effective resources for taking action in the hybrid media system in this case emerged from the relational power and interdependence among WikiLeaks, the newspaper and broadcast media, and the distributed online networks of activists that mobilized in support of both WikiLeaks and the professional journalists during the U.S. government's unprecedented attempts to censor the internet during late 2010 and early 2011.

Keywords:   WikiLeaks, news, journalism, mobilization, organization, interdependence

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