Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a Discipline of Collaborative Verification

Journalism Practice, Taylor & Francis Publisher, 2012

14 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2013

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Alfred Hermida

University of British Columbia - School of Journalism

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper examines how social media is influencing the core journalistic value of verification. Through the discipline of verification, the journalist establishes jurisdiction over the ability to objectively parse reality to claim a special kind of authority and status. Social media questions the individualistic, top-down ideology of traditional journalism. The paper considers journalism practices as a set of literacies, drawing on the theoretical framework of new literacies to examine the shift from a focus on individual intelligence, where expertise and authority are located in individuals and institutions, to a focus on collective intelligence, where expertise and authority are distributed and networked. It explores how news organizations are negotiating the tensions inherent in a transition to a digital, networked media environment, considering how journalism is evolving into a tentative and iterative process, where contested accounts are examined and evaluated in public in real-time.

Keywords: journalism, professional identity, social media, Twitter, verification

Suggested Citation

Hermida, Alfred, Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a Discipline of Collaborative Verification (2012). Journalism Practice, Taylor & Francis Publisher, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285177

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