Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2017

Capstone Advisor

Keren Henderson

Honors Reader

Donald Torrance

Capstone Major

Broadcast and Digital Journalism

Capstone College

Public Communications

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Broadcast and Video Studies | Journalism Studies | Social Influence and Political Communication | Social Media


Given the prevalence of technology and the ability to go live on mobile phones, journalists and news organizations alike are learning why Facebook Live is such an important tool. As part of my research, I found online articles explaining the impact Facebook Live has had on the journalism industry and interviewed three different experts on the subject. In doing so, I was able to demonstrate the perspectives of someone from network news, a print and online publication, as well as a well-versed academic. My short documentary covers the rise of “fake news” and citizen journalism on the social media platform. Furthermore, I expose how live-streaming has been used as an outlet to promote social change and display acts of violence. Ultimately, while the emergence of Facebook Live has not entirely changed the nature of reporting, it is certainly an additional element that journalists today should know how to approach.

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