Preventing inaccurate media : a gatekeeping analysis of how news managers are overseeing the process of citizen journalism
This research examines the process that news managers at local broadcast television stations use when vetting user-generated content or citizen journalism, focusing on techniques used for verification and implications for the future. The research was completed using a qualitative gatekeeping analysis of interviews and discussions with ten people in news management positions such as News Director, Assistant News Director, Executive Producer, Managing Editor and General Manager from stations located with media markets 19-29. As of 2018, market 19, Cleveland, has 1.4 million households and market 29, San Diego, has a little over 1 million. This includes Charlotte, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raleigh, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. Each interview was coded using the constant comparative method to find a better understanding of the use of citizen journalism and user-generated content in news rooms. By examining the process used in various newsrooms, this research attempts to define how to prevent fake media from getting on-air. By examining this topic through an array of interviews and other research, the findings will ultimately lead to a better understanding of how to utilize citizen journalism or user-generated content in the best way possible.