Journalism in the Age of Social Media: exploring News, Journalists, Fakes, Sharing Behaviour, and Interests

Journalism in the Age of Social Media: exploring News, Journalists, Fakes, Sharing Behaviour, and InterestsData Science at work on Online News and Social Media UsageMarco BrambillaBlockedUnblockFollowFollowingJun 13Photo by Roman Kraft on UnsplashUnderstanding journalism in these days is not trivial.

First, there is no shared and solid definition of who a journalist is today.

In a sense, anyone can be a journalist in these days.

One possible interpretation that draws a crisp line is that a journalist is a professional in the news business, belonging to a community of practice.

Existing implementations of classifiers that can detect journalists can reach precisions of 95%.

Next step is to understand if articles are reliable and unreliable.

Methods exist that enable automatic detection AND explainability of the classification.

Finally, an important point is how news outlets online relate to social media and social sharing of news.

A study of Bell Labs (@BellLabs) over what people look in the news and what they share, shows there is a strong discrepancy between the two.

but access to news is largely not based on social media.

58% of referrals of news outlets is self-referrals.

Only 0.

3% is via Twitter.

Republishing of news across social media platforms is a typical behaviour of users, but each platforms has its own norms.

There is an incremental scale of engagement that one can define:Different actions apply on different platforms.

Also, popularity of topics is different on different platforms:All this is strongly related to our recent works (and open resources) on news sharing behaviour on social media.

Specifically, we have published an open resource on the topic, as:A data collection and enrichment pipeline which allows to generate custom datasets that include both news content and the social interactions over them, starting from a set of news sources.

A dataset which includes news articles from major U.

S.

news outlets and associated sharing activities on Twitter, covering the tweets content and the author profiles.

You can access these resources for any use, as they are publicly available respectively on GitHub and Harvard Dataverse.

You can find a short description on SlideShare.

Direct access to the descriptive paper is available on AAAI library.

This story is reporting on works presented at ICWSM 2019 (International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media) during the Journalism session on June 13, 2019.

The full papers are available online in the AAAI library, volume 13, number 01.

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