It was a very worthwhile and highly rewarding event: my participation as a presenter and panellist at news:rewired, organised by journalism.co.uk in London on 16 July 2015. I took part in a session entitled “Sourcing stories on social media.”
Social media is playing an ever increasing role when it comes to sourcing stories and material from eyewitnesses who are present at the scene of events. So is verification of content that “makes the rounds” in social networks.
These are some of the topics we discussed at the session “Sourcing stories on social media” at news:rewired in London on 16 July 2015.
Together with Dhruti Shah of BBCNews / BBC_HaveYourSay and James Neufeld of SAMdesk we discussed vividly what matters when dealing with social media content, after each one of us gave an introductory presentation, focussing on our respective area of expertise.
- To start with, you can view the slides of Dhruti’s and my presentation, and listen to the audio of our speeches on the news:rewired website. (The slides are also available here.)
- Then, there’s a collection / extract of “ten tips for sourcing stories from social media”, based on what was said in the session.
- The session itself, including tweets as they came in, is summed up nicely in a post by Emily Shackleton.
- You may also be interested in an article I posted previously on this blog, in which I discuss issues of verification. It can be found here.
- Shortly after our session, journalism.co.uk conducted an interview with me and quizzed me, on the one hand, about what we do in the EC co-funded research project Reveal, while, on the other hand, we talked about various aspects concerning verification of eyewitness media. The video is available on YouTube for all to watch.
Summing up: news:rewired was an event packed with interesting talks and case studies focusing on the future of digital journalism and developments in the field. It was particularly valuable as it brought together an incredibly large number of “movers and shakers” in the area. This allowed for making new contacts and refreshing existing ones. So a big thank you to the organisers, spearheaded by Alastair Reid, and all participants who made it such a great day out in London. I’ll be back!
And if you haven’t seen enough yet, you can go to John C Thompson’s photo stream on Flickr where the owner and publisher of journalism.co.uk captured numerous other memorable moments of the day. Enjoy!