DigitalEd: How to Manage, Verify Eyewitness Media on Social

    by Jenni Sargent
    April 28, 2015
    Liverpool Street station crowd blur. Photo by David Sim.

    Title: How to Manage, Verify Eyewitness Media on Social

    Instructor: Jenni Sargent, Director, Eyewitness Media Hub

    Photographs and videos sourced from the social web are now regularly used to report and illustrate news stories, but few media organizations have guidelines and procedures in place to help their journalists navigate the ethical and legal challenges attached to featuring this type of content.


    The risk of running unverified hoaxes or misinformation, falling foul of copyright law, and compromising standards of source protection are just some of the considerations that must be balanced against the rush to stay one step ahead and, in the age of eyewitness media, there is much more competitive pressure to be right than there is to be first.

    To coincide with the launch of a comprehensive research study titled ‘A Global Study of Eyewitness Media in Online Newspaper Sites,’ this webinar will expose some of the more questionable practices by major newsrooms around the world and introduce participants to practical techniques and best practice workflows that every journalist should employ in order to handle eyewitness media efficiently, responsibly, and with confidence.


    The digital publication of this research is supported by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication, The Hugh Cunningham Professorship in Journalism Excellence and the Knight Foundation.

    What you’ll learn from this training:

    1. Essential verification tips to establish the time, date, location, and original source of a photograph or video uploaded to the social web
    2. Ways to legally and appropriately secure consent from the eyewitness
    3. The ethics of embedding, crediting, and labeling
    4. How a transparent process can provide a competitive advantage


    • Presentation will be available to participants

    Who should take this training:

    The webinar is suitable to all journalists who feature eyewitness media in their print, broadcast, or online output. Participants should already be comfortable finding newsworthy content that has been uploaded to social networks.

    Date and Time: June 10, 2015 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT

    Price: $39

    Note: If you can’t attend the live session, you can still register and see the archived video and ask questions of the instructor. Registration for BigMarker is required.

    About the Instructor:

    Jenni Sargent is a director of Eyewitness Media Hub and part of the research team responsible for exploring audience and uploader attitudes and behavior relating to eyewitness media and how it is handled by news organizations. Jenni specializes in creating bespoke online training and is working to develop a library of digital resources to address the logistical, ethical and legal issues surrounding eyewitness media. Her company Digital Skills Network created the first fully interactive verification course for journalists in 2013.

    Tagged: citizen journalism citizen media eyewitness media eyewitness media hub fact-checking hoaxes jenni sargent social media

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