Patterns of news dissemination through online news network in China

Youzhong Wang, Daniel Zeng, Bin Zhu

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Abstract

Serving as the major source of news for internet users, online news portals usually do not generate most of their online content by themselves. Instead, they reprint news from other sources for various reasons. The paper demonstrates for the first time the topological features of online news reprinting network, providing first-hand empirical evidence to decision-makers in various domains who are interested in event identification, crisis management, branding, and interaction with society. Main findings include that the news reprinting network in China is a scale-free social network with a core-periphery structure. In this network information spreads out widely and quickly. The reprinting network has two types of important nodes, those serving as the source of original news to the network and those where the public goes for news. More importantly, those hubs have dense links among them, forming a core in the network, while nodes in the periphery have sparse links among them and they mainly connect to each other through the core. Practical implications of the findings were also discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages211-216
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event21st Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Dec 3 2011Dec 4 2011

Other

Other21st Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems, WITS 2011
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period12/3/1112/4/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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