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Prof. Katarina Stanoevska-Slabeva
Content Curation: a new form
of Gatewatching for social
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Characteristics and similarities of media content curation
with gatewatching processes.
Potential roles of media content curation to be a filter for
social media content.
Potential changes imposed by media content curation on the
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INTRODUCTION & GAPS
Online journalism has created new forms and new genres.
The audience is more involved in news production and distribution.
Social media have lowered the barriers for citizen contributions.
But, eyewitness journalism in social media has several disadvantages:
the sheer amount of information provided is overwhelming and cannot reach
information pushed forward by new contributions vanishes from readers' screens;
several sources talk about the same events but from different perspectives;
lacks a clear storyline which calls for the need to have someone to make sense out of
the flow of information, to find the best content and to give credit to the right
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It is the practice of deciding why one story is selected to be
reported and the other is not (Bruns, 2006). It concerns
the newsgathering and news production processes and the
reasons given by newspapers editors for discarding
possible news issues (White, 1950).
Gatewatching should represent the new role of media
organizations which have lost the power to choose what news
to include or to exclude in the editorial processes (Bruns,
2006). Gatewatchers do not embody journalists’ roles but they
amalgamate traditional gatekeeping processes with
information aggregation (Bruns, 2003).
Organizational factors and journalists’ workflows
(Beam, 1990; Reese & Ballinger, 2001; Shoemaker et
Events concurring within the time frame of publication
Unpredicted stories (Singer, 1998);
Events diverging from others already published (Singer,
Expert judgment motivation (Berkowitz, 1997);
Political ideology (Chang & Lee, 1992);
Education (Peterson, 1979);
Other background experiences (Peterson, 1979);
Class position (Gans, 1979);
And career pressures(Gans, 1979).
Gatewatching is based on accessible information and
sources (Bruns, 2003).
The public is an active reader by taking some of the roles of
traditional gatekeepers, such as the assessment of sources
and misinformation bias moderated by gatewatchers’
comments (Bruns, 3003).
Three stages of Gatewatching (Bruns, 2008):
1. Disclosure and access to original sources of information;
2. Openness towards users to check input information;
3. Participation of users in all stages of news production.
Examples Traditional newspapers
Slashdot, IndyMedia, Kuro5hin, MediaChannel, OhmyNews &
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MEDIA CONTENT CURATION
From a structural point of view, main components of curated stories are:
The original contributions curated from social and/or conventional media;
The context and background information provided by the author;
Additional meta-data as date and time of publication, author and other such
similar information. The number of provided additional meta-information
depends on the tool used to curate and create the story.
Key aspects of media content curation based on gatewatching (Bruns, 2005) are
All submitted stories are published instantly (no editorial intervention at the
input or output stage);
Where editorial decisions are made, they are entirely transparent to users;
News stories and the entire website system itself are freely redistributable.
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created by the
Curated content :
Curated content: Tweet
Curated content : Tweets
Content created by the
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Which are the sources employed in social media curation?
What are the types of interactive features commonly adopted in social media
Is social media curation affecting the levels of gates?
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Media Organizations All level of media professionals involved in media organizations without country distinction
Citizens Eyewitnesses, victims, prisoners, fighters, protesters and their families from the country of
Official Official and administration authorities (i.e. members of governments or military forces).
NGOs Non-profit organizations (i.e. Amnesty International or the Red Cross).
Non-Arab People People not physically involved in the rebellions and that do not live in Arab countries.
Arab People Arab people and refugees that do not live in the countries of the rebellion stories.
Themselves Social media posts of the writers themselves.
Others/unknown Sources not identified or that could not be part of the other categories
Content Analysis (Krippendorff, 2004; Kolbe &Brunett, 1991; Kassarjian, 1977)
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DATA GATHERING AND CODING PROCESS
450 Storify’s stories whose Yemen (43), Syria (74), Barhain (74), Libya (96), Egypt (96),
more than one revolution (66).
Period from January-February 2011 to August 2011.
Key words searched in Google: revolution, rebellion, freedom, flag, fight and civil war,
main cities, name of the dictators + the country name (There was no search engine
directly in the website at the time of the study).
Unit of analysis = the story
Binary coding + demographic variables of authors
Crosstabs for describing the inference about variables meaning.
Reliability (Krippendorff, 2004)
Krippendorff’s α for sources = 0.820
Krippendorff’s α normal for technical sources = 0.956
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0.00 20.00 40.00 60.00 80.00 100.00
Non Arab People
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RQ1: Which are the sources employed in social media curation?
Social media curation comprise several sources, while at the same
time posting one’s own story as the primary source of information.
Social media curation gives access to internal and external sources in
ways that are unique and add enough value to attract news users.
RQ2: What are the types of interactive features commonly adopted in
social media curation?
Results reveal that curation glues existing social media content and
traditional media content without creating original news itself.
Readers can quickly access of news delivery since new stories can be
published as soon as source information is found anywhere on the
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RQ3: Is social media curation affecting the levels of gates?
(Bruns, 2008, p.79)
Amateurs authors Media Professionals
news sources open
to all users
primary source open to
Gatewatching as primary
source open to all users
only by staff
to all users
gatewatched stories to
gatewatched stories to
editing of stories
controlled by media
be made public
to all users.
commentary open to
commentary open to all
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