Verify This Week 22/2014
- Ruben Bouwmeester
- On July 16, 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.
Social first: BBC launches Facebook-first news service in Thailand
A ‘pop-up’ news organization has been launched in Thailand by the BBC. “We think there’s an acute need in Thailand for accurate, impartial news, reported without fear or favour, and that’s what we’re supplying” says Giang Nguyen, BBC World Service hub editor for South East Asia.
Publishing directly to Facebook and making use of the Facebooks Notes feature as a CMS made it possible for the BBC to publish in a complicated and restricted media market in Thailand. The BBC seem to reach their audience though, so much is clear from the more than 40,000 ‘likes’ the page has gained in the first 24 hours since its launch.
How researching with Twitter lists can reveal secrets
Henk van Ess, Social Media trainer, guest lecturer and independent web & new media consultant explains in an article published on LinkedIn how we can reveal secretive information by using Twitter lists.
Those lists that most of us use in order to keep track of our topics of interest can provide us with deep insights, if used in the right way. In his contribution, van Ess explains how to collect the right profiles in a list and then how to ‘read’ them, and how to make sense of the information we retrieve. It does not seem all that hard to find people who work with classified information and filter out their subtle hints to find patterns that tell a story. A must-read for every investigative journalist, and great insights for every Twitter user.
Source: Henk van Ess, LinkedIn
Interview: What would Jarvis do?
I have to mention it once more; at the Global Media Forum 2014 we had the opportunity to talk to Jeff Jarvis about the future of journalism and the role verification plays in it.
Is professional journalism on the decline due to the fact that anybody can publish material on Social Networks? What advice does Jeff Jarvis have for journalists dealing with user generated content (UGC)? How important is verification? Jeff had many insights to share, have a look for yourself and watch the video!
SAM, the Social Media research & publication tool we have all been waiting for?
It all sounds very promising. Isn’t this exactly what we are waiting for in order to implement usage of user generated content (UGC) in the day-to-day working processes of our Social Media news desks? We at Reveal still have to get access and test it, but Chris Sutcliffe has already done so and written an article for journalism.co.uk on what to expect from using SAM, the new platform described as a “CMS for tweets”.
Especially the collaboration features and the verification tags that are being provided seem very interesting for simplifying workflows. Have a look for yourself: here is the advertorial video from the SAM website. If anybody from SAM reads this: we’d love to test it, so please get in touch!
Google Search – there is more to it than meets the eye
At an ‘Investigathon’ organized in London by Google and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Dan Russell, Search Research Scientist at Google (or, according to his presentation, “Über Tech Lead, Google Search Quality & User Experience Research”), shared his tips for advanced search techniques that can help journalists with their research, newsgathering and verification.
Some of us will know these techniques, many won’t. Journalism.co.uk was kind enough to provide a summary of Russel’s extensive 138 slides presentation! You can also find more search-insights on Dan Russells blog.