Curating and contextualizing twitter stories to assist with social newsgathering

Arkaitz Zubiaga, Heng Ji, Kevin Knight

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


While journalism is evolving toward a rather open-minded participatory paradigm, social media presents overwhelming streams of data that make it difficult to identify the information of a journalist's interest. Given the increasing interest of journalists in broadening and democratizing news by incorporating social media sources, we have developed Tweet-Gathering, a prototype tool that provides curated and con-textualized access to news stories on Twitter. This tool was built with the aim of assisting journalists both with gathering and with researching news stories as users comment on them. Five journalism professionals who tested the tool found helpful characteristics that could assist them with gathering additional facts on breaking news, as well as facilitating discovery of potential information sources such as witnesses in the geographical locations of news.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIUI 2013 - Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Mar 19 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2013 - Santa Monica, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 19 2013Mar 22 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI


Other18th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Monica, CA


  • Newsgathering
  • Scoop
  • Social media
  • Trends
  • User-interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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