My Article about Wikipedia as a gateway for breaking news has been published in Studies in Communication | Media (SCM). There is a three-page extended abstract in English for my international readers. The complete article is written in German and titeled “Enzyklopädie-Amateure als Amateur-Journalisten: Wikipedia als Gateway für aktuelle Ereignisse.”
The gist of the article is that amateurs who try to write an ancyclopedia sometimes have to deal with the duties of professional journalists. When notable events unfold (such as catastrophes, terrorist attacks or elections), Wikipedia’s authors have to cope with several problems like uncertainty of available information or contradicting sources. Many users of Wikipedia object the quick publication of articles about breaking news.
My article analyzes some of the disputes within the community and discusses examples of Wikipedia’s performance in dealing with unfolding events. Basis for the analysis is the gatekeeper theory. Using Wikipedia’s (German) article about the Loveparade disaster of 2010, I develop the concept of second-level gatekeeping.
A proposal for the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), May 14-17, 2015, has been accepted for presentation.
My co-author Thomas Petersen will present our research at the conference. It deals with results of combined surveys and media content analyses on the value of freedom in Germany. The project is part of the Freiheitsindex Deutschland (Freedom Index Germany), a co-operation of mine with the John-Stuart-Mill-Institute for freedom research at the university of applied sciences in Heidelberg, Germany and the Allensbach Institute.
Update, 2015-05-18: Unfortunately, none of the authors attended the conference (for organizational reasons) and the presentation had to be cancelled.
The International Communication Association (ICA) has announced that the paper on Political Campaigning in Social Network Sites: Do Campaign Aids appear to be Opinion
Leaders Online?, which I co-autheored with Nicole Podschuweit, Danny Schmidt, Winja Weber, and Simon Kruschinski (all U of Erfurt) has been accepted for presentation at the Annual ICA conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May. The presentation is part of the Panel “Same same, but different? Opinion Leadership in the Virtual World”, submitted by Stephanie Geise, also U of Erfurt.
Thanks to all the colleagues who were involved in this successful effort!