Markus Jaakola’s MSc thesis in the field of Human-Computer interaction was awarded as the best in computer science by The Finnish Society of Computer Science. The MSc thesis ”Quality Management of User-Generated Content in Participatory Journalism” was completed in the Department of Pervasive systems during spring 2013. The thesis was carried out as a part of Tekes’ Next media project, and it was supervised by Adjunct prof. Satu Jumisko-Pyykkö and Dr Heli Väätäjä.
When a crowd of readers participate in local news by sending photos and stories to a newsroom, it is hard to manage the quality of the contributions. Readers’ expertise, interests, and motivations to participate vary. To produce better news more efficiently, there is a need for quality management of the user-generated content that the newsroom receives. Jaakola’s thesis defines user-generated content quality in news journalism and finds indications for quality management in online communities.
The thesis in TUT DPub database
More information about the award (in Finnish) in the website of the The Finnish Society for Computer Science