Professor Milad Mirbabaie's recent publication presents the results of a standardized content analysis comparing the use of Twitter as an information source on the websites of five news media types (quality newspapers, a tabloid newspaper, weekly magazines, broadcasters, and internet only). The theoretical assumption behind the study is that the adoption of Twitter as a source follows the established practices of a particular media type. Together with his co-authors he revealed that the tabloid paper incorporated the highest number of tweets per article, incorporated tweets primarily in articles on human interest and gossip and cited non-elite sources more often than other media types. Quality papers, weekly magazines, and broadcasters used tweets as sources primarily in articles on politics and economy and cited public actors, such as politicians or officials, more frequently.
Kapidzic, S., Neuberger, C., Frey, F., Stieglitz, S., & Mirbabaie, M. (2022). How News Websites Refer to Twitter: A Content Analysis of Twitter Sources in Journalism. Journalism Studies, 1-22.