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Identifying and verifying news through social media: Developing a user-centred tool for professional journalists

Schifferes, S., Newman, N., Thurman, N., Corney, D., Goker, A.S. and Martin, C. (2014). Identifying and verifying news through social media: Developing a user-centred tool for professional journalists. Digital Journalism, 2(3), pp. 406-418. doi: 10.1080/21670811.2014.892747

Abstract

Identifying and verifying new information quickly are key issues for journalists who use social media. This article examines what tools journalists think they need to cope with the growing volume and complexity of news on social media, and what improvements are needed in existing systems. It gives some initial results from a major EU research project (Social Sensor), involving computer scientists, journalists, and media researchers, that is designing a new tool to search across social media for news stories, to surface trends, and to help with verification. Preliminary results suggest that an effective tool should focus on the role of key influencers, and should be customisable to suit the particular needs of individual journalists and news organisations.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: computer-aided reporting, journalists, social media, sourcing, Twitter, verification
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Journalism
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/3071
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