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.
We should be talking eyewitness media now, not UGC
In an article back in January 2015 on the BBC Academy website, Sam Dubberley argued that it was time to “move on from discussions about verification” in order to focus on how to handle the content once it has been verified. That was also one of the underlying reasons behind starting up Eyewitness Media Hub. Its aim is to assist with issues relating to the “protection, consent, verification and copyright” of images and videos captured by eyewitnesses. Sam Dubberley, one of the co-founders and directors of Eyewitness Media Hub, thus suggests to get rid of the term user-generated content and rather use the term “eyewitness media” because it focuses more on the person who captured the content.
Source: BBC Academy. See also recent studies of relevance published by Eyewitness Media Hub, such as the Global Study of Eyewitness Media in Online Newspaper Sites.
Verify link list
Here you can find a great link list (some of it in German) for verifying content in social media, including research on Twitter, image verification, video verification and geo-based searches. In case you want to know more about the contributors of eyewitness media, the collection also points to useful resources.
Source: Konrad Weber
The Witness Media Lab
An article entitled Lessons Learned from Curating Human Rights Videos on YouTube by Madeleine Bair, published on Mediashift, focuses on the challenges of verifying videos. Some – e.g. Storyful – have established highly sophisticated methods for verifying videos. But what happens if a video cannot be verified? Read more about the persistent challenges.
Train the communities
This is a very interesting take: Josh Stearns, Director of Journalism & Sustainability at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, encourages newsrooms to train communities in matters of eyewitness media, linking to a “Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook”, which explains users what to consider while capturing an event live.