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Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Presentation to the Future of Journalism conference, Cardiff University, September 2011.

Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Presentation to the Future of Journalism conference, Cardiff University, September 2011.


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  • 1. Tweets and Truth
    Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification
    Alfred Hermida
    Future of Journalism 2011
    Cardiff University, 8 – 9 September
  • 2. Social awareness streams
    “They disrupt established concepts of communication, prevailing notions of space and time and the distinction between public and private spheres.”
    Arceneaux and Schmitz Weiss, 2010
    Photo: TasayuTasnaphunLegay http://www.flickr.com/photos/tasayu/
  • 3. Facts, truth, reality
    Verification as the essence of journalism (Kovach and Rosenstiel, 2001)
    Photo: MeganMorris http://www.flickr.com/photos/megangoodchild/
  • 4. Networked architectures
    “Journalists must find tools that will enlist a methodology of verification in a more citizen-oriented way.”
    Kovach, 2006
    Photo: HaagsUitburoTasnaphun http://www.flickr.com/photos/haagsuitburo/
  • 5. Twitter users as network of news sensors
    Sakakiet al, 2010
  • 6. Emerging practices: “Live updates” pages
    “The unfolding truth in all its guises,” Herrmann, 2009
    Photo: United Nations http://www.flickr.com/photos/un_photo/
  • 7. Discussion
    “Facts are messy, difficult to determine and they are often dependent on interpretation.”
    Brennen, 2009
    Photo: RudoniProductions http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudoni/
  • 8. Discussion
    Reporter-curators “will take advantage of novel ‘verification technologies’ that will be increasingly faster and more reliable and advanced.”
    Bruno, 2010
    Photo: Greekadman http://www.flickr.com/photos/papazimouris/
  • 9. Conclusion
    Journalism as a tentative and iterative process where contested accounts are examined and evaluated in public in real-timeon social awareness streams.
    Photo: Patrick Hoesly http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/
  • 10. Thank you
    alfred.hermida@ubc.ca
    @hermida
    New book out now
    All royalties go to Reporters Without Borders