Citizen journalism has secured its place as a regular—and a critical—contributor to the newsgathering process. In every region of the world, eyewitness sources have become a top contributor to breaking new stories.
We set out to understand how different sources break and contribute to news, and how that varies by region by analyzing alerting data from our breaking news platform, Dataminr for Communications. For this report we analyzed more than 600,000 alerts delivered from January 1 to June 30, 2017. Dataminr uses artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to process all public Tweets in real-time and extract signals from the 500 million Tweets sent each day, delivering them to clients as breaking news alerts.
Some of the year’s biggest stories across topics including crime, politics, and entertainment were broken by individuals, including the terror attack in Barcelona and the shooting at a U.S. Congressional Baseball practice. Beyond these impactful events, topics ranging from brand protection to pre-viral content are being alerted to media in their earliest stages presenting challenges and opportunities for brands reacting, promoting, and amplifying the conversation.
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