I recently worked with Nathan Matias on a project that I think reflects the modern relationship between journalism and social media: tracking the number of times Twitter accounts are quoted by news stories. For example, during the Arab Spring, journalist Andy Carvin used Twitter as a source to cover breaking developments in Tahrir square. GlobalVoices also uses social media sources extensively, as Nathan Matias charted in this post for PBS IdeaLab.
Inspired by these articles, we wanted to see if the trend continued. Were journalists continuing to quote people using information gleaned from their Twitter accounts? And if so, what kind of articles were these journalists writing? To that end, we created a web app that tracks the number of Twitter quotations over time and gives a sample of the type of articles with these quotations.