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First National Survey on Irish Journalists’ use of Social Media

After collecting and analysing data from hundreds of professional journalists working in Ireland, HuJo is releasing a comprehensive report on Irish Journalists’ use of Social Media. This is the first survey of such undertaken in Ireland and is being launch on the 7th January 2015 at the “Citizen Journalism and Social Media Archiving” minitrack of the  48ht Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences (HICSS 48). HICSS is #1 Infirmation Science conference in terms of citations according to Google Scholar. Dr. Bahareh Heravi and Dr. Natalie Harrower, two of the authors of the survey report, co-chair the minitrack on “Citizen Journalism and Social Media Archiving”.

The survey was open to all professional journalists working in Ireland, and was distributed widely to attract the broadest possible set of responses. The survey poses a wide variety of questions to journalists, in an effort to reveal how journalists integrate social media into their workflows, how they perceive the information they find through social media, and what steps they take to investigate a social media sources’ validity.

Overall, the survey reveals that Irish journalists have integrated social media into their journalistic practices quite heavily: 99% of Irish journalists use social media, with half of those using it daily. It further reveals that while the the most common use for social media between Irish Journalists is sourcing. On a daily basis 58% of Irish Journalists use social media for finding news leads and 49% use it for sourcing content. Despite the wide use of social media by Irish journalists, a considerable number of them have concerns over veracity of information on social media and believe that without external verification, the information from social media cannot be trusted. Very few journalists use specialist tools to validate information, instead relying on the practice of contacting individuals directly.

The survey report provides detailed nformation on the ways Irish journalists use social media and compare their use in various aspects, and on various factors. You can download this comprehensive report  to find much more interesting information on details of how Irish journalists use social media.

Download the Irish Social Journalism report


  1. Peter Feeney says:

    I would like to congratulate the team on this very worthwhile initiative. Journalism plays a central role in determining how society views itself and all research into how journalists work is to be welcomed. It is critically important that the use of social media by journalists should be analysed. I look forward to further research from the Digital Humanities and Journalism Group in NUIG.

    Peter Feeney
    Press Ombudsman
    The Press Council of Ireland
    1,2 &3, Westmoreland Street
    Dublin, 2

  2. Ameyu Etana says:

    Good to have the report. Once social media is competing and impacting the closed professional culture of journalism, exploring social journalists is worth studying to save journalism. Thanks.

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