Verify This Week 15/2014
Every week, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media. Here is our list for this week.
REVEAL receives Best Paper Award
Great news for the REVEAL Team: we won “Best Paper Award” at this year’s International Symposium on Media Innovations in Oslo, Norway. Some of REVEAL’s user partners produced a paper containing the findings of the user requirements’ process entitled “Social media as a trustworthy news source: Exploring journalists’ working practices concerning social media”. The paper is based on qualitative interviews conducted with 24 journalists working with social media in major news organizations in Europe. In it, five working practices concerning the verification of social media content and sources were identified. The presentation, held by Petter Bae Brandtzæg at the conference, can be viewed here.
Facebook and Storyful have launched FB Newswire, “which aims to make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to ‘find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook’ in their work”, as reported by The Guardian. This is an interesting step as the largest social network and a company focussing on verification have partnered up in order to add value to content provided.
Source: The Guardian
Citizen Side App
CitizenSide is an app available for iPhone and Android that allows for the upload of eyewitness accounts by users on the ground. If the content is published, users will get paid. The app is currently available as a beta version and was built in partnership with Agence France Press, among others.
Verification as part of DW Journalists’ Manual
Deutsche Welle Akademie recently released a manual for radio journalists. The verification of information is part of the manual. It states that only after having thoroughly checked that a piece of information is true, journalists should include that information in their own body of work. How it can be made sure that information is accurate is explained in the manual.
Source: Deutsche Welle Akademie, DW Manual for Radio Journalists