Verify This Week (9/2015)
Here, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media: What tools, services and initiatives are there? Who is doing what? What’s the state of affairs regarding eyewitness media and related issues? Here is our list for this week.
Can journalists trust citizen journalism?
This article is an interesting read in regards to how even the most prestigious media companies can fall for hoaxes. Especially when dealing with user generated content, news desks must adopt a verification workflow that ensures accurate reporting. One example depicted in this article explains how content is being dealt with at the user-sourced Guardian Witness platform (they use Google’s reverse image search for every image sent in).
REVEAL at News Impact Summit
On 31 March 2015, the News Impact Summit took place in Hamburg, Germany. REVEAL partnered up with organisers Google and the European Journalism Centre for the event that brought together verification experts and media folks from all over the world. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates or check out the hashtag #nishbr for more information regarding the event (more detailed reporting to follow – for the time being you may want to check out this excellent summary of the News Impact Summit by Charlie Becket, Director of Polis at the London School of Economics).
This article offers a list of robots that are designed to help verify content. It includes the Washington Post’s TruthTeller, EC-funded initiative Pheme and many more.
Source: Columbia Journalism Review
Workshop on Web Multimedia Verification (#WeMuV2015)
There are still places available in the workshop Web Multimedia Verification on 29 June 2015 in Torino, Italy. The paper submission deadline has been extended until 10 April 2015. The event, co-located with the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo,
aims to highlight the research challenges and new problems arising in the emerging setting of Social and Mobile Multimedia and calls for new approaches, studies and evaluation methodologies and resources that could contribute to more effectively address the research challenges at hand.
Source: Workshop Homepage
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