Nieman Journalism Lab

Season 2013 Episode 01.24.13

David Wertime on using the social web to gauge grassroots sentiment in China

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Recorded at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, January 22, 2013. In what ways is the Chinese Internet a better source for grassroots Chinese sentiment than traditional quotes and sources? In what ways is it worse? More broadly, what best practices can and should journalists use when mining social media for sentiment? David Wertime—co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language online magazine that synthesizes and analyzes Chinese social media—discusses how his team analyzes Chinese language social media to discern trends in grassroots sentiment.moreless

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