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Session Submission Type: Panel
This preconference will serve scholars who are interested in how digitalization has changed journalistic news sourcing techniques. The use of reliable sources is one of the most important aspects of journalistic news production. However, when making news, journalists now increasingly use social media, websites, wikis, and online encyclopedias as sources. In today’s 24/7 news cycles, online sources offer a quick, convenient, cheap, and effective way for journalists to gather information on developing stories, and they increasingly also trigger news stories. But, what are the consequences of online sourcing for the quality of news and the journalistic profession? Can all online sources be reliably verified? Do online sources change the power relationship between political actors and journalists?
For this preconference, we are interested in showcasing research that focuses or is related to one of four aspects of online sourcing:
• First, we ask which online sources are most prominent within news reporting, and/or whether they have replaced more traditional sourcing techniques?
• Second, we want to show research that asks why and how journalists use online sources during their daily work and in the newsroom.
• Third, we focus on the consequences of online sourcing for audience perceptions of journalism, for example in terms of the credibility of news and journalism.
• Fourth, we aim to investigate potential changes in the relationship between journalists and (elite) actors as sources, who now have multiple options to communicate with audiences directly.
We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers for the proposed preconference, and want to encourage PhD students and young researchers to submit. We also aim to bring together both qualitative and quantitative researchers, ranging from methods such as ethnographic research, interviewing, to content analysis, big data, survey and experimental designs. We encourage the use of different theoretical approaches to understand online journalistic sourcing techniques (e.g., framing, journalistic role perceptions, storytelling, conceptions of the newsroom).
Sophie Lecheler, U of Vienna
Sarah Van Leuven, Ghent U
Liesbeth E.A.H.M. Hermans, Radboud U Nijmegen
Aviv Barnoy, Ben-Gurion U of the Negev
Mark Deuze, U of Amsterdam
Jelle Mast, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Paul Mena, University of Florida
Yadira Nieves, Michigan State U - Department of Media & Information
Herng Su, National Chengchi U, Taiwan
Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Centre for Language Studies / Radboud U Nijmegen
David H. Weaver, Indiana U
Nirit Weiss-Blatt, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication
Lars Willnat, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse U
Florian Wintterlin, U of Muenster
Bryan E. Denham, Clemson U
Evolving journalistic practices and the credibility of online news: Perceptions from Cross-generational users - Herng Su, National Chengchi U, Taiwan
Social media and U.S. journalists: Uses and perceived impact - Lars Willnat, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse U; David H. Weaver, Indiana U
Do social media transform journalism? A case study of the Tarik Z Twitterstorm - Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Centre for Language Studies / Radboud U Nijmegen
A digital belief: How online startups commit to new ways of doing journalism - Mark Deuze, U of Amsterdam
The journalist-source relationship in times of ‘media-oriented terrorism’: Reporting Islamic State’s visual propaganda - Jelle Mast, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Times of change? Digital sourcing and hegemonic dominance - Aviv Barnoy, Ben-Gurion U of the Negev; Zvi Reich
Networked Journalism Revisited: Surveying global television news broadcasts for evidence of a paradigm shift in journalism - Jacob Sommer
Tech blogs as sources for traditional media reporting on innovation - Nirit Weiss-Blatt, University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication
Political journalists’ verification practices, news quality and democracy - Yadira Nieves, Michigan State U - Department of Media & Information
The verification of online sources in German newsrooms - Florian Wintterlin, U of Muenster
Fake News: How journalists verify online sources to avoid spreading false stories - Paul Mena, University of Florida
Official Statements and Quote Selection in Diverse News Outlets: Vladimir Putin Responds Online to Allegations of a State-Sponsored Doping Program - Bryan E. Denham, Clemson U