Verify This Week (24/2014)
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.
Storyful helps verify evidence
A few weeks ago, we took a look at the shocking shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and „issues regarding the dealing with user-generated content as part of the journalistic reporting process.” The article on The Guardian, by Ben Cardew is interesting in terms of how thanks to a network of journalists and experts, one can “experiment in open journalism, sharing early information with readers who are invited to contribute to the reporting process“.
This article talks about the obstacles of live factchecking. During political debates, Social Networks like Twitter provide a platform for instant conversations. The obstacle is how this “open and networked environment means you have truth claims coming from all kinds of places” says Mark Goddington, researcher at the University of Texas at Austin.
Source: Columbia Journalism Review
A few months ago, we reported about the launch of FB Newswire, a collaboration between Facebook and Storyful with the aim to focus on verified Facebook posts. It seems to be going quite well. According to Poynter.org, „50 percent more Facebook posts were embedded around the web in the three months after FB Newswire’s launch than in the three months before“. One reason for that increase is that news organizations can embed FB Newswire posts more easily.
Have you tried Checkdesk yet?
In our last „Verify This Week“ article, we already mentioned Checkdesk, which is a liveblogging tool designed to help journalists verify content, like a Tweet, a photo, or video. It is a „custom CMS built upon the Drupal 7 PHP content management platform“. If you have tried it out already, let us know what you think about it. Via comments below or via @RevealEU. We would love to get some opinions.