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Tweets and TruthJournalism as a discipline of collaborative verificationAlfred HermidaFuture of Journalism 2011Cardiff Uni...
Social awareness streams• “They disrupt  established concepts  of communication,  prevailing notions of  space and time an...
Facts, truth, realityVerification as the essence of journalism (Kovach and Rosenstiel, 2001)                      Photo: M...
Networked architectures• “Journalists must find  tools that will enlist a  methodology of  verification in a more  citizen...
Twitter users as network of news sensors              Sakaki et al, 2010
Emerging practices: “Live updates” pages “The unfolding truth in all its guises,” Herrmann, 2009                    Photo:...
Discussion• “Facts are messy,  difficult to determine  and they are often  dependent on  interpretation.”  • Brennen, 2009...
Discussion• Reporter-curators  “will take advantage  of novel ‘verification  technologies’ that  will be increasingly  fas...
Conclusion• Journalism as a  tentative and iterative  process where  contested accounts  are examined and  evaluated in pu...
Thank you• alfred.hermida@ubc.ca• @hermida• New book out now• All royalties go to Reporters Without Borders
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  1. 1. Tweets and TruthJournalism as a discipline of collaborative verificationAlfred HermidaFuture of Journalism 2011Cardiff University, 8 – 9 September
  2. 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: Tasayu Tasnaphun Legay http://www.flickr.com/photos/tasayu/
  3. 3. Facts, truth, realityVerification as the essence of journalism (Kovach and Rosenstiel, 2001) Photo: MeganMorris http://www.flickr.com/photos/megangoodchild/
  4. 4. Networked architectures• “Journalists must find tools that will enlist a methodology of verification in a more citizen-oriented way.”• Kovach, 2006 Photo: Haags UitburoTasnaphun http://www.flickr.com/photos/haagsuitburo/
  5. 5. Twitter users as network of news sensors Sakaki et al, 2010
  6. 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. 7. Discussion• “Facts are messy, difficult to determine and they are often dependent on interpretation.” • Brennen, 2009 Photo: Rudoni Productions http://www.flickr.com/photos/rudoni/
  8. 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. 9. Conclusion• Journalism as a tentative and iterative process where contested accounts are examined and evaluated in public in real-time on social awareness streams. Photo: Patrick Hoesly http://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/
  10. 10. Thank you• alfred.hermida@ubc.ca• @hermida• New book out now• All royalties go to Reporters Without Borders
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