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Wednesday, July 29 • 15:16 - 16:45
! "Sourcing and Trust: Twitter Journalism in Ireland"

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Authors: Bahareh Rahmanzadeh Heravi and Natalie Harrower

Social media, and in particular Twitter, have been widely adopted into newsrooms, with journalists using social media to source leads and content, disseminate stories, solicit user comments and drive traffic to their websites. Traditional journalistic practices generally rely on ‘official’ sources for gathering and verifying information, but with the constant flow of breaking news and content on social media, this practice has been widened to include more diverse sources. However, social media content is ‘noisy’ and its provenance and authenticity are not always easy to determine. This paper investigates the ways in which journalists use social media for sourcing and verification, and their attitudes towards social media in terms of trust. The analysis is built on a survey of journalists in Ireland conducted in 2013, which revealed that journalists in Ireland are heavy adopters of Twitter in their workflows, and in particular use social media for sourcing news leads and content. However, they are highly skeptical about the level of trust in social media. While this paper focuses on journalists in Ireland, the analysis of the relationship between trust, sourcing and verification reveals broader patterns about journalistic values, and how these values and practices operate in the new media landscape. 

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Natalie Harrower

Director, Digital Repository of Ireland
Dr. Natalie Harrower is the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland, located at the Royal Irish Academy. DRI is a Core Trust Seal certified trusted digital repository for Ireland’s arts, social science and humanities data. Dr. Harrower is involved in a number of national... Read More →
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Bahareh R. Heravi

Research Group Leader, Insight News Lab, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway
Bahareh Heravi is a Research Fellow at Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway (former DERI) and the head of Insight News Lab. Her research is focused on the nexus of data, technology and journalism. She is a pioneer of Data and Computational Journalism in Ireland. Bahareh... Read More →

Wednesday July 29, 2015 15:16 - 16:45
(7th Floor) Room TRS1-129 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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