This article attempts to study the flow of political news
in tweets of four international news agencies: AP, AFP, Reuters and
Xinhua, for 7 years from 2010 to 2016. Theoretically, the study takes
its roots from the World System Theory of Immanuel Wallerstein.
We used the content analysis method and examined the coverage of
political news about 15 world countries (five core countries, five
semi-periphery and five periphery countries) in 6746 tweets of
international news agencies. We also analyzed the portrayal, retweet
rate, favorite rate, and shared portrayal of world system countries.
We found that there are significant differences in coverage of political
news about the world countries in tweets of international news
agencies. Moreover, Traditional hierarchies and structures of
political news flow still exist on Twitter. Core countries are covered
as well as shared more and positively as compare to the semiperiphery or periphery countries.
1-Muhammad Usman Saeed Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, University of Management and Technology, Sialkot Campus, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Mudassar Hussain Shah Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Raza Waqas Ahmad PhD Scholar, Department of Media and Communication Studies, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Political News Coverage, News Tweets, World System Theory, International News Agencies