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--------------------------- Call for Papers

                 Online Information Review (OIR)
           Special Issue on "Social Media Mining for Journalism"
                      [[ Impact Factor: 1.534 ]]

                 **Submission Deadline: February 28, 2018**



The exponential growth of social media as a central communication practice,
and its agility in capturing and announcing breaking news events more
rapidly than traditional media, has changed the journalistic landscape:
social media has been adopted as a significant source by professional
journalists, and conversely, citizens are able to use social media as a
form of direct reportage. This brings along new opportunities for newsrooms
and journalists by providing new means for newsgathering through access to
a wealth of citizen reportage and updates about current affairs, as well as
an additional showcase for news dissemination.

As well as being a big opportunity and having changed the day-to-day
practices in the newsrooms, social media has introduced a number of
challenges when it comes to news gathering, verification, production,
reporting and dissemination. These include real time monitoring of streams,
event detection, noise filtering, contextualisation, source and content
verification,fact checking, annotation and archiving . The development of
more advanced algorithms and tools for journalists requires not only
furthering research in computational techniques, but also engaging more
closely with journalists to understand how they work, what problems they
are facing when using social media, and how their day-to-day workflows can
be improved.

In this special issue we are looking for contributions that address a
variety of research questions from both theoretical and practical
perspectives. For example, how can we best utilise social media for news
production? What technologies can we use for breaking news detection,
filtering, aggregation and contextualisation? How can we assess the
veracity of social media content and sources? What moral, legal, and
ethical issues arise when professional journalists use social media as a
source? How can we organise, interpret, and retain a record of social media
around news events? What does this record contribute to our larger
understanding of news, and the writing of news?


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Newsgathering from social media
  ** Citizen journalism
  ** Detection of eyewitnesses and topic experts
  ** Event detection in social media
  ** Social media content curation
  ** Fact-checking and verification of sources and content
  ** Credibility assessment
  ** Social media and fake news

* Social media news analytics
  ** Social media analytics for news
  ** Analysis of news diffusion in social media
  ** Visualisation of news and social media
  ** Social media to measure public opinion on news
  ** Analysis of the effect of fake news on public opinion

* Data and Computational journalism
  ** Robot journalism with social media as a source
  ** Algorithmic accountability and transparency
  ** Data driven storytelling
  ** Data driven investigative journalism

* Ethics and digital citizenship
  ** Ethical issues concerning social media newsgathering and eyewitness
  ** Social media news audiences and network gatekeeping
  ** Social media and censorship


Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines:

Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online
submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at


* Arkaitz Zubiaga, University of Warwick, UK
* Bahareh R. Heravi, University College Dublin, Ireland
* Jisun An and Haewoon Kwak, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar


* Papers Due: February 28, 2018
* First​ ​round​ ​decisions​ ​made:​ ​25 April​, ​2018
* Revised​ ​manuscripts​ ​due:​ ​23 May​, ​2018
* Final ​decisions​ ​made:​ 27 June​, ​2018
* Publication Date: Late 2018

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