My paper discussing how verification could work in networked media is now available online.
The paper, Tweets and Truth: Journalism as a Discipline of Collaborative Verification, appears in the journal, Journalism Practice. A post-print version is available to download as a PDF.
The abstract gives a flavour of the argument in the paper:
This paper examines how social media are 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 question 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.
The paper was presented at the Future of Journalism conference at Cardiff University in September 2011.