Web conversation on #ijf14, day 4

The fourth day of the International Journalism Festival showed again an increase in user engagement in web conversations: 3776 users produced 13,286 tweets, half of them as retweets and 8.2% as replies. A peak in conversation on Twitter took place at 12.15 p.m.

An increase in social network interactions, with a significant number of unique users, was a trend for the four festival days. In fact, from the second day of the Festival, the amount of online contributions went up and outnumbered those from 2013.

One of the central issues was the reflection on the profession of a journalist. What does it mean to be a journalist today and what is a journalist’s role in the democratic society? The time of user generated content challenges journalism. Getting information becomes more and more interactive. This blurs the line between those who “publish” and who “consume” information.

In such context the necessity for journalists to serve a community is crucial.

One of the events that attracted interest was a keynote speech of Margaret Sullivan, who mentioned the essential qualities of a journalist. In the world of information overload, where news is diffused in a real-time manner, the value of journalism is conversion from quantity to quality.

Another subject mentioned was the future of journalism. New technologies offer interesting possibilities, but the reality is often hard.

From the tag cloud of tweets it can be seen that other events generated major conversation on the Web including talks by Luca Sofri, with Laura Boldrnini, and the keynote speech of Richard Gingras.

Some of the most interesting reflections of Richard Gringras about the future of information ecosystem were shared on the web.

All details about Web conversation on the third day of #ijf14 can be found on the platform Buzzdetector:Buzzflow.