Most Journalists Use Social Media As Sources

A study of more than 600 journalists across the world found that more than half source and verify news stories using known sources on social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Weibo. The research found 75% of journalists in the UK do so. The annual Oriella Digital Journalism Study, which surveys journalists across 16 countries, found the use of social media in the gathering of news "is now a majority pursuit" when working with known sources on such platforms. More than half, 53%, of journalists use "microblog updates" from known sources, and in the UK alone this figure rises to 75%.

 

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