Verify This Week (4/2014)
- Linda Rath-Wiggins
- On February 6, 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.
Dataminr for News
The company Dataminr announced a new tool, which helps journalists to look for stories on Twitter before they are trending. “Dataminr for News” was developed in partnership with CNN and Twitter. What is the advantage in comparison to tools like TweetDeck or Hootsuite? According to Wired.com, „[r]ather than filter Twitter-wide posts based on keywords — which would involve knowing specifics about an event before it occurred – the platform uses an algorithm that analyses Tweets based on parameters such as geo-location and clustered reports.“
Here is a video with Dataminr CEO Ted Bailey further elaborating on the tool and how it can be helpful for journalists (video was found on the Dataminr website):
Track the Errors
If you have not heard about Craig Silverman’s blog on Poynter called „Regret the Error“, it is worth checking it out. The blog „reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification“.
Source: Regret the Error
News Corp’s acquisition of Storyful
This happened a month ago, but it is still worth mentioning that Storyful was acquired by News Corp’s for $25 million. Storyful’s two core offerings – a TweetDeck-like newswire and working with creators/producers to license user generated content – are highly valued by the likes of The New York Times and other clients. Poynter highlights that these clients have to at least „think about building their own in-house Storyful, or to seek out similar acquisitions or partnerships“.
Another Verification List?
Source: Verification Handbook