Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin’s Sources During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions

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Paper presented at the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin, TX, April 2012, by Alfred Hermida, Associate professor, Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia; Seth C. Lewis, Assistant professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Minnesota; Rodrigo Zamith, Doctoral student, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

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Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin’s Sources During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions

  1. 1. Sourcing the Arab Spring:A case study of Andy Carvin’ssources during the Tunisianand Egyptian revolutionsAlfred Hermida, University of British Columbia - @hermidaSeth Lewis, University of Minnesota - @sethclewisRodrigo Zamith, University of Minnesota
  2. 2. Institutional powerPhoto: President of the European Council - http://www.flickr.com/photos/europeancouncil/
  3. 3. Institutional authority Photo: VetforPeace - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vetforpeace/
  4. 4. ‘Must-read newswire’ Artwork: ssoosay - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssoosay/
  5. 5. Tunisia: 168 sources Photo: Wassim Ben Rhouma - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wassimbenrhouma/
  6. 6. Egypt: 185 sources Photo: Ramy Raoof - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramyraoof/
  7. 7. Source types• Mainstream Media • Institutional Elites • Mainstream Media • Digerati Employees • Researchers • Mainstream Media Org • Non-Media Org (Non- • Mainstream New Media Org Activist) • Celebrities • Political Actors• Alternative Voices • Other • Non-Affiliated Activist • Bots • Bloggers • Joke accounts • Affiliated Activist • Non-Media Org (Activist)
  8. 8. Tunisia: Source type N=168
  9. 9. Tunisia: Tweets N=332
  10. 10. Egypt: Source type N=185
  11. 11. Egypt: Tweets N=3,291
  12. 12. Broader range of voices Photo: Ahmad Hammoud - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahmadhammoudphotography/
  13. 13. Information cascade Photo: Omar Robert Hamilton - http://www.flickr.com/photos/56458828@N02/
  14. 14. Reshaping the news Photo: Floris Van Cauwelaert - http://www.flickr.com/photos/flomobile/
  15. 15. Node in networked newsroom Artwork: ssoosay - http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssoosay/
  16. 16. Thank youPhoto: Omar Robert Hamilton - http://www.flickr.com/photos/56458828@N02/

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