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Sourcing Dis/Information: How Swedish and Ukrainian Journalists Source, Verify, and Mediate Journalistic Truth During the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0186-0582
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6379-7788
National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8324-6476
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2023 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, Vol. 24, no 9, p. 1111-1130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Journalists form the middle links of global information chains, playing a decisive role in detecting and dismantling or amplifying problematic information. Information sourcing, verification, and transparency are important tools for journalists when they transmit their sense-making of events, i.e., the journalistic truth, to the audiences. This mixed-methods study of the disinformation-prone conflict between Russia and Ukraine investigates how journalists at different positions on the information chain-i.e., on the ground (Ukraine) and at a distance (Sweden)-source, verify, and narrate their journalistic truth to audiences. We found that, even in high-pressure situations created by hot conflicts, sourcing and verification remain mostly individualized practices that are shaped by internalized unwritten, professional rules of an oral newsroom culture. Verification protocols or specialized tools are largely absent. Sources were sometimes hard to detect in the journalistic content; claims about their verification status even harder. There was a fear that being overtly transparent about sources would jeopardize journalists' authority. Especially problematic are the precarious working and living conditions for journalists on the ground. These conditions make them vulnerable sources for journalists abroad.

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Routledge, 2023. Vol. 24, no 9, p. 1111-1130
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Sourcing, verification, journalistic truth, transparency, disinformation, conflict coverage, >
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Media and Communications
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52138DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2023.2196586ISI: 001028348000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165261205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52138DiVA, id: diva2:1791088
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Swedish Civil Contingencies AgencyAvailable from: 2023-08-24 Created: 2023-08-24 Last updated: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved

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