On 1 December 2015, we were invited to present Reveal and talk about the importance of verification of eyewitness media at the Media Literacy Expert Group Meeting of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, in Brussels.
From 20 – 22 October 2015 we attended the ICT 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. We presented our first prototypes of software that aims to help both community managers (the enterprise scenario) and journalists (the journalism scenario) with semi-automated verification of Social Media content.
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  .
On 21 September 2015, REVEAL was represented in the session “News and User-Generated Content” at Prix Italia 2015. The panel discussed the impact of eyewitness media on the news business, what has changed in the past, and how to deal with respective challenges now and in the future. This provided an ideal opportunity to also showcase some of our REVEAL activities.
The summer is almost over, and we are in full swing again. That includes project dissemination activities. One upcoming event at which you can meet and find out about REVEAL and related verification issues takes place as part of Prix Italia in Turin on 21 September 2015.
Here, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification of content from social media: What tools, services and initiatives are there? Who is doing what? What’s the state of affairs regarding eyewitness media and related issues? Here is our list for this week.
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.