Newsworthiness and network gatekeeping on twitter: The role of social deviance

Nicholas Diakopoulos*, Arkaitz Zubiaga

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Publishers of news information are keen to amplify the reach of their content by making it as re-sharable as possible on social media. In this work we study the relationship between the concept of social deviance and the re-sharing of news headlines by network gatekeepers on Twitter. Do network gatekeepers have the same predilection for selecting socially deviant news items as professionals Through a study of 8,000 news items across 8 major news outlets in the U.S. we predominately find that network gatekeepers re-share news items more often when they reference socially deviant events. At the same time we find and discuss exceptions for two outlets, suggesting a more complex picture where newsworthiness for networked gatekeepers may be moderated by other effects such as topicality or varying motivations and relationships with their audience..

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2014
PublisherThe AAAI Press
Pages587-590
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781577356578
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event8th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2014 - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2014Jun 4 2014

Other

Other8th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period6/1/146/4/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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