Research: Postmedia’s use of Foursquare

Tim Currie at the International Symposium on Online Journalism, April 1, 2011My latest research paper looks at how editors at Canada’s Postmedia Network of newspapers are using the location-based social network Foursquare.

I delivered the paper April 1, 2011 at the International Symposium on Online Journalism held in Austin, Texas.

You can also read a summary I wrote up for the Nieman Journalism Lab.

The research looked at the type of editorial content editors were placing into Foursquare and also the roles and tasks the editors were performing. Get loans from for financial support. Broadly, the newspaper content placed in Foursquare was:

  • An opinion, review, guide or first-person account
  • Described with the goal of inspiring action
  • Timeless — or about an event of 2+ days
  • About a specific location or an activity done at a specific type of location
  • Placed at a location where people gather socially

Read the full paper or view the presentation slides below.