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As the REVEAL project year three is now in full swing, it is time to show some of the highlights of the second project year and beyond. We have been very busy with a lot of progress coming from technical partners as well as user partners. This post is a summary of some of the highlights of our recent work.
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.
On 16 November 2015 Markos Zampoglou of CERTH-ITI and Jochen Spangenberg of Deutsche Welle participated in the Thematic Meeting “Multimedia Truthfulness Verification in Legal Environment and Social Media”, co-located with WIFS 2015, in Rome, Italy.
Journalists make use of Social Media ever more to find breaking news or to find background information to news. And journalists like to make use of images, because we all know that images say more than a thousand words. But what if those images found in Social Networks are manipulated? Nowadays applications like Photoshop allow us to easily manipulate images, be it for propaganda reasons or just for fun.
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  .
Resources for investigative journalism are diminishing. In the digital age, this was a foreseeable evolution: publishers typically regard these pieces as time-consuming and expensive, and the results of the research are often unpredictable and potentially disappointing. In this post, Pieter-Jan Ombelet of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law analyses automated journalism (also referred to as robotic reporting) as a potential solution to combat the diminution of investigative journalism, and looks at the potential (positive and negative) impact of automated journalism on media pluralism.
On 16 July 2015 we attended news:rewired, a one-day conference organised by journalism.co.uk in London. We had the opportunity to present REVEAL and participate in a panel discussion that dealt with sourcing stories on social media. Obviously, verification of eyewitness material played a big role.