A new review article by Sophie Lecheler and Sanne Kruikemeier evaluate how online sources have changed the relationship between journalists and their sources regarding selection of sources as well as verification strategies. Lecheler and Kruikemeier claim that journalists have accepted online news sourcing techniques into their daily news production process, but they still gravitate toward elite sources, and do not show a decrease in traditional news sourcing techniques.
One of the biggest challenges in online sourcing techniques are the verification strategies. Using online sources in a responsible manner requires skills that many journalist still struggle with.
The abstract of the article free and available here.
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