Thank Google! Journalistic sources in an online world
Journalists are increasingly finding their sources online. How does this affect their selection and verification of these sources? This research shows that journalists are largely led by what they find on Google.
There is huge concern about fake news and filter bubbles in the world today, making it even more important for journalists to verify the relevance and reliability of the sources they select. The question is how journalists do this online. Which strategies do they use to research their sources? Our research provides a better insight into how journalists select and verify online sources.
Our research shows that this is largely determined by what journalists find on Google. Although they do not intentionally verify the accuracy of online sources, they do check the background of a website and cross-check sources. The source selection and verification processes are merging increasingly.
01 September 2017 - 01 January 2019
An observation study was conducted among 48 young journalists. We monitored them while they were doing research and also made screen shots of their online searches.