The poaching crisis facing elephants is dire, but there are several non-profit organizations fighting to save these magnificent creatures. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Elephant Voices each have a campaign dedicated to elephant conservation. To better understand the communicative functions social media serves for these organizations, this study examines the Twitter and Instagram utilization practices of these three organizations through a directed content analysis. A prior categorization scheme was used first, but then an organizational storytelling lens was applied to examine the data further. The analysis reveals that the previously established functions of “information,” “community,” and “action” were utilized in much the same way as previously established. This is an important theoretical implication because Instagram has not been extensively studied. Additionally, this study found that these organizations are using epic, tragic, comic, romantic, and report stories to accomplish advocacy efforts, build relationships, and fulfill their missions. This is also an important theoretical implication because organizational storytelling has never been utilized to examine non-profit organization use of social media.
|Commitee:||DeGroot-Brown, Jocelyn, VanSlette, Sarah|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Elephants, Instagram, Non-profit organizations, Organizational storytelling, Social media, Twitter|
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