May 22, 2022

Journal Article: “Making Newsworthy News: The Integral Role of Creativity and Verification in the Human Information Behavior That Drives News Story Creation”

The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

Title

Making Newsworthy News: The Integral Role of Creativity and Verification in the Human Information Behavior That Drives News Story Creation

Authors

Marisela Gutierrez Lopez
University of Bristol

Stephann Makri
Andrew MacFarlane
Colin Porlezza
Glenda Cooper
Sondess Missaoui

Source

Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
DOI: 10.1002/asi.24647

Abstract

Creativity and verification are intrinsic to high-quality journalism, but their role is often poorly visible in news story creation. Journalists face relentless commercial pressures that threaten to compromise story quality, in a digital era where their ethical obligation not to mislead the public has never been more important. It is therefore crucial to investigate how journalists can be supported to produce stories that are original, impactful, and factually accurate, under tight deadlines. We present findings from 14 semistructured interviews, where we asked journalists to discuss the creation of a recent news story to understand the process and associated human information behavior (HIB). Six overarching behaviors were identified: discovering, collecting, organizing, interrogating, contextualizing, and publishing. Creativity and verification were embedded throughout news story creation and integral to journalists’ HIB, highlighting their ubiquity. They often manifested at a micro level; in small-scale but vital activities that drove and facilitated story creation. Their ubiquitous role highlights the importance of creativity and verification support being woven into functionality that facilitates information acquisition and use in digital information tools for journalists.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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