Tag: verification

by Anthony Adornato

Misinformation can spread like a disease on social media. Journalists and news organizations have taken the bait, reporting inaccurate information gathered from social media. We’ve seen this in cases such as the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy, among many other examples. “What’s the Real Deal?” is an exercise that teaches students to be critical of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. The petty etiquette of discrimination (Noah Berlatsky / The Atlantic) 2. Wall Street and Silicon Valley form an uneasy alliance (Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times) 3. In a bid for modern coverage, student paper tries a new Medium (Benjamin Mullin / Poynter) 4. Snapchat’s Discover feature is giving advertisers millions of video […] more »

by Meagan Doll

In an age that craves immediacy and information, processes of verification are more important than ever, but not necessarily the norm. A new report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism produced by Craig Silverman details the ways news outlets spread — and debunk — rumors and misinformation. He found that many news outlets take few […] more »

by Madeleine Bair

The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, but it has also been exploited as a powerful tool for manipulation. As journalists and crisis responders increasingly look toward YouTube, social media, and their audiences for firsthand footage of developing stories, they can find themselves the target of […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Why the New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel (Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab) 2. Hong Kong: The difficult task of verifying news amidst censorship and social media (Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review) 3. Gamergate and how Internet users think about gaming and harassment (Alyssa Rosenberg / The Washington Post) […] more »

by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials. PART 1: Building a new engagement platform The New York Times, the Washington Post and Mozilla are working together to build an […] more »

by Julie Posetti

The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the PBS MediaShift series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends. Read the other installments […] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Mobile ‘net neutrality’ faces new day of reckoning at FCC (Alina Selyukh & Marina Lopes / Reuters) 2. A groundbreaking new resource to protect journalists from DDoS attacks (Dan Gillmor / Slate) 3. How three 20-somethings built Elite Daily, a site with 40 million readers, with $60,000 (Alyson Shontell / Business Insider) 4. On […] more »

by Christoph Koettl

When I started working on human rights crises seven years ago, a promising and groundbreaking way to monitor violations were satellite images. The idea seemed simple enough: a single sensor in space taking pictures of inaccessible conflict zones, such as Darfur. Opening my laptop today in 2014, I have thousands of sensors at my fingertips, […] more »

by Josh Stearns

Last week Twitter and CNN announced a major partnership with the data analysis startup Dataminr to shift the way journalists use Twitter as an early alert system for breaking news. Dataminr worked with CNN to fine-tune the algorithms they use, to help close the gap “between the eyewitness wanting to be heard and the journalist who wants to listen,” […] more »