Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARMA 2020 - 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics

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Information balance between newspapers and social networks
Francesco Mazzeo Rinaldi, Andrea Russo, Giovanni Giuffrida

Last modified: 30-06-2020


Competing newspapers, after all, tend to publish the same information in a
given time frame. However, each editor tends to aggregate and present the
news according to certain criteria such as editorial policies, filtering
strategies, readers base, etc. Thus, the proper choice and filtering of
information makes one newspaper different from the other and, the proper
management of such criteria, may deem the success or failure of a newspaper.
From the editor’s perspective, the news selection process is a trade-off
between informativeness and attractiveness, as determined by the readership.
Could there be an optimal balance between these two conflicting forces?
Moreover, is it possible that cultural and political inputs from social media
may impact the news selection process?
Political news on social networks represent nowadays a valuable informative
asset that gives the possibility to correlate newspaper information with public
request expressed on social networks. We believe that it is possible to develop
a theory to mitigate the newspaper’s cultural identity with the public
information needs collected on social media.
In our work, we show how to measure the society request for information, and
how this can be conveyed.

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