Media News - Monday, September 17, 2012
The stream of real-time updates available via social media platforms means vast amounts of data is available for journalists to delve in to, such as during breaking news events or to monitor audience reaction to their own content. But this can also be overwhelming, as an EU-funded research project has been finding out. Social Sensor, a three-year project partly funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, has been underway for around a year now, in which time research has been carried out into how journalists across Europe currently filter the social web - and the difficulties they face doing so. The research actually covers two use cases, news and infotainment. In the news case, for example, the research will help inform the creation of a prototype for an application designed for journalists searching social networks for news. At the end of the project there will be a period of evaluation at which point the prototype application will either become a commercial product, or parts may feed into other commercial products. (Journalism.co.uk)
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