Journalistic source discovery: Supporting the identification of news sources in user generated content

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Many journalists and newsrooms now incorporate audience contributions in their sourcing practices by leveraging user-generated content (UGC). However, their sourcing needs and practices as they seek information from UGCs are still not deeply understood by researchers or well-supported in tools. This paper frst reports the results of a qualitative interview study with nine professional journalists about their UGC sourcing practices, detailing what journalists typically look for in UGCs and elaborating on two UGC sourcing approaches: deep reporting and wide reporting. These fndings then inform a human-centered design approach to prototype a UGC sourcing tool for journalists, which enables journalists to interactively flter and rank UGCs based on users' example content. We evaluate the prototype with nine professional journalists who source UGCs in their daily routines to understand how UGC sourcing practices are enabled and transformed, while also uncovering opportunities for future research and design to support journalistic sourcing practices and sensemaking processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Waves, Combining Strengths
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380966
StatePublished - May 6 2021
Event10th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterisation, ICMPC 2020 - Mathura, U.P., India
Duration: Feb 21 2020Feb 23 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference10th International Conference on Materials Processing and Characterisation, ICMPC 2020
CityMathura, U.P.


  • Citizen journalism
  • Computational journalism
  • Crowd-sourcing journalism
  • Journalistic sourcing
  • User-generated content
  • sensemaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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