REVEAL partners with First Draft News
- Jochen Spangenberg
- On November 18, 2016
REVEAL is pleased to announce that it joined the First Draft News partner network. Together with others in the network we will collaborate on various aspects of social newsgathering, in particular the verification of eyewitness media / user-generated content. We look very much forward to a fruitful cooperation and are excited about this new partnership!
“We feel uniquely positioned to coordinate efforts and facilitate real progress in tackling some of the key challenges facing journalists and their audiences.” These are the words of Jenni Sargent, First Draft Managing Director, on the occasion of the launch of the First Draft partner network.
First Draft News, an initiative funded by Google News Lab, has been in operation since mid-2015. Some of its aims have been to portray the state of affairs in social newsgathering, provide training resources and pool all this on the project website – launched in November 2015.
Originally, the First Draft “coalition”, as it was called at the outset, consisted of nine organisations. This has now been significantly extended both in terms of scale and scope.
Organisations and projects that joined the partner network on 13 September 2016 include the following: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, ABC News (Australia), AJ+, ProPublica, Agence France-Presse, Channel 4 News, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Les Décodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange, SAM, Aljazeera Media Network, InVID project, Euronews, Sourcefabric, WITNESS, Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network, Duke Reporters’ Lab.
One of the reasons for establishing this extended partner network, according to First Draft, is to bring more people together, work on ideas and initiatives collaboratively and share experiences and know-how in the area of social newsgathering and reporting. Another aim is to “develop ideas for ways to streamline the verification process, improve the experience of eyewitnesses and increase news literacy amongst social media users.”
Obviously, REVEAL is delighted to be part of such a network that brings together both news organisations and social networks as well as others – both projects and organistions – who play an active and leading role in the area of social newsgathering and the verification of eyewitness media. Especially the pooling and sharing of know-how and experience should be most beneficial to all involved.
Consequently, we look very much forward to participating in the First Draft News partnership!