This looks like a really interesting special issue:
It is with great pleasure that I present the latest special issue of Communication, Research and Practice on Digital Media Research Methods, 2(1):
I had the great pleasure of working with these great people, in bringing this special issue together:
Jonathon Hutchinson: An introduction to digital media research methods: how to research and the implications of new media data<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155307%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
Tarrin Wills: Social media as a research method<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155312>
Axel Bruns, Brenda Moon, Avijit Paul, Felix Münch: Towards a typology of hashtag publics: a large-scale comparative study of user engagement across trending topics<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155328%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
Tim Highfield & Tama Leaver: Instagrammatics and digital methods: studying visual social media, from selfies and GIFs to memes and emoji<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155332%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
Robbie Fordyce, Luke Heemsbergen, Thomas Apperley, Michael Arnold, Thomas Birtchnell, Michael Luo, Bjorn Nansen: Things, tags, topics: Thingiverse’s object-centred network<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155337%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
Jean Burgess & Ariadna Matamoras-Fernández: Mapping sociocultural controversies across digital media platforms: one week of #gamergate on Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155338%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
Cate Dowd: The new order of news and social media enterprises: visualisations, linked data, and new methods and practices in journalism<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/22041451.2016.1155339%22%20%5Cl%20%22abstract>
If you do not have access to these articles, they will become open access for two weeks around the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZCA) conference, July 6-8.
I also have to send an enormous thank you to all of the people involved in supporting this venture (beyond the authors, review team and the Taylor and Francis publishing team), including Professor Terry Flew, Professor Gerard Goggin, Dr Donald Matheson, Dr Diana Bossio, the ANZCA association and the University of Sydney.