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ARTICLE: Friends’ recommendations attract users to read political news and opposing views

How do our Facebook friends influence what news we read? Nicolas M. Anspach, of Temple University, studied how people select political news in social media. The author conducted a survey experiment (105 participants) using mock Facebook News Feeds. The news feeds contained activity attributed to different sources, from fictional individuals to participants’ own friends. Each … Continued


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ARTICLE: American TV stations are going “social media first”

Majority of local American television stations are taking a “social media first” approach to publishing news, write Anthony C. Adornato, of Ithaca College, and Suzanne Lysak, of Syracuse University. The authors surveyed 131 American news directors working in local TV. Most stations (78 per cent) have a written social media policy, and additional 17 per … Continued



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ARTICLE: How to verify social media information?

Journalists today often utilize social media borne information in their work, especially in breaking news situations. Verifying that information, however, can be tricky. An international team of researchers interviewed 22 journalists from three countries over their verification practices, and additional five journalism students were observed during a crisis exercise. The biggest problems related to verifying … Continued


ARTICLE: News sharing, network heterogeneity and political participation

News internalizing affects political participation, but only indirectly via externalizing, write Jihyang Choia, of Ewha Womans University, Jae Kook Leeb, of Indiana University and Sungkyunkwan University, and Emily T. Metzgarc, of Indiana University. By analyzing the role of network heterogeneity and news sharing activities, the article explores how the use of social media is related to … Continued


PAPER: News sharing and limited attention of social media users

News companies need to pay special attention to social media users’ ‘limited attention’ when forming their social media strategy, writes Chankyung Pak, of Michigan State University. News companies are using social media to advertise their individual news articles but the competition with other content in social media is hard. The conference paper presents a study that examines how news … Continued


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PAPER: Information verification tools need to be customizable

An international team of researchers has been working on software for automated verification of information circulating on Twitter. The team observed 15 Swiss journalists to find out how they utilize and verify user generated content (UGC) in their work. Later on the team’s software was tested and evaluated by two journalists. The study’s main finding … Continued


REPORT: Combating fake news

A conference Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action was held on February 17–18, 2017. David Lazer, Nir Grinberg, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph and Will Hobbs, all of Northeastern University and Harvard University, Matthew Baum, of Harvard University and Carolina Mattsson, of Northeastern University (not in original order) wrote a final report drawing from the conference presentations. … Continued



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ARTICLE: News tweets affect the stock market

Economic news published on Twitter by the Reuters and Bloomberg agencies cause the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index (DJI) to fluctuate, write Nadine Strauß, Rens Vliegenthart and Piet Verhoeven, all of University of Amsterdam. The authors analysed the two agencies’ tweets from September 2015 and compared them to the changes in the DJI. … Continued