Tweets and Truth<br />Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification<br />Alfred Hermida<br />Future of Journalism 2011<br />Cardiff University, 8 – 9 September<br />
Social awareness streams<br />“They disrupt established concepts of communication, prevailing notions of space and time and the distinction between public and private spheres.”<br />Arceneaux and Schmitz Weiss, 2010 <br />Photo: TasayuTasnaphunLegay http://www.flickr.com/photos/tasayu/<br />
Facts, truth, reality<br />Verification as the essence of journalism (Kovach and Rosenstiel, 2001)<br />Photo: MeganMorris http://www.flickr.com/photos/megangoodchild/<br />
Networked architectures<br />“Journalists must find tools that will enlist a methodology of verification in a more citizen-oriented way.”<br /> Kovach, 2006<br />Photo: HaagsUitburoTasnaphun http://www.flickr.com/photos/haagsuitburo/<br />
Twitter users as network of news sensors<br />Sakakiet al, 2010<br />
Emerging practices: “Live updates” pages<br />“The unfolding truth in all its guises,” Herrmann, 2009<br />Photo: United Nations http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/<br />
Discussion<br />“Facts are messy, difficult to determine and they are often dependent on interpretation.”<br />Brennen, 2009 <br />Photo: RudoniProductions http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudoni/<br />
Discussion<br />Reporter-curators “will take advantage of novel ‘verification technologies’ that will be increasingly faster and more reliable and advanced.”<br />Bruno, 2010<br />Photo: Greekadman http://www.flickr.com/photos/papazimouris/<br />
Conclusion<br />Journalism as a tentative and iterative process where contested accounts are examined and evaluated in public in real-timeon social awareness streams.<br />Photo: Patrick Hoesly http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/<br />
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