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Verify this week (33/2014)

Verify this week (33/2014)
Ruben Bouwmeester

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.


Verify, verify, verify – the future of news?

DW Innovation’s Wilfried Runde and Jochen Spangenberg attended the NewsXchange 2014 conference in Prague and wrote a round-up of their most important findings. Verification is high on the agenda in the news Industry!

Source: DW Innovation

Why the BBC did not run the Syrian ‘Hero Boy’ video

The BBC has its User Generated Content Hub with almost 10 years of experience in verification of UGC. The Syrian ‘Hero Boy’ video did not come through their first ‘sniff test’ and was hence subjected to a detailed examination. After applying all the techniques they have developed throughout the years the amount of doubts were enough to advise that the video should not run on BBC News outlets. An exciting development in the following days proved them right.

Who could have ever thought of such a plot? The ones who apologized. It is again clear that journalists need to expect the unexpected whilst handling verification of UGC.

Source: BBC Academy


How do they handle verification of UGC at Germany’s flagship news programme tagesschau? 

Jochen Spangenberg (r.) of DW Innovation interviewed Michael Wegener (l.), Head of Content Center at ARD News and in charge of dealing with UGC, in order to find out:

Source: Reveal


The press is no longer in charge of the free press

In her Reuters Memorial Lecture 2014 Emily Bell, Director at the TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School states quite clear that ‘news spaces are no longer owned by newsmakers’. “The press is no longer in charge of the free press and has lost control of the main conduits through which stories reach audiences. The public sphere is now operated by a small number of private companies, based in Silicon Valley,” says Bell. Her speech, Silicon Valley and Journalism: Make up or Break Up, initiated many reactions. Mathew Ingram, for example, gives us insight in what happens when Facebook or Twitter make editorial decisions that affect our view of the world. Should news agencies rethink the way they gather and use UGC? We are happy to hear your opinion!

Source: Reuters Institute, Mathew Ingram

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