Tweets and Truth

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Tweets and Truth

  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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