About Stuart Middleton
The Journalist Decision Support System is a free scalable Twitter analytics platform allowing journalists to crawl Twitter for posts and find user generated content (UGC) relevant to verification tasks. Up to 19 journalists can use JDSS simultaneously, each interactively browsing …
The MediaEval 2016 workshop took place 20-21 October 2016 at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, Netherlands, right after ACM Multimedia 2016 in Amsterdam. The REVEAL team were present and won the ‘automated verification of multimedia’ challenge!
The importance of user generated content (UGC) in journalism is growing relentlessly   . Smartphones have high quality cameras able to take excellent eyewitness images, record videos of events as they happen and even stream videos in real-time. Eyewitness media will often appear on Social Networks before any mention occurs on mainstream news channels.
In recent years there has been a growing trend for the use of publically available Social Media content (e.g. Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) for analytics within the field of journalism. Often content such as eyewitness images and videos are uploaded by people on the scene and it would help journalists to find and monitor unfolding events based on location.
Content from social media sites are becoming an important part of modern journalism. Of particular importance to real-time breaking news is amateur on the spot incident reports and eyewitness images and videos. With breaking news having tight reporting deadlines, measured in minutes not days, the need to quickly verify suspicious content is paramount  .