Talking Head…

In the coming weeks, I’ll be at quite a few events, talking primarily about so-called ‘fake news’ (meanwhile, I hate the term, as it can mean all or nothing, and it means different things to different people), verification of user-generated content and how to deal with content residing in social networks. More info about public appearances can be found in the “Presentations” section of this blog. If you are interested in talking to me directly, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either electronically, or by approaching me at any of the listed events. Looking forward!


Organising and moderating a workshop on social newsgathering and UGC verification


Round table discussion. Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

Last week was a busy week! Had a project meeting in Athens from 14-14 September, followed by a REVEAL workshop that I organised with my dear colleagues Nikos Sarris and Eva Jaho of ATC’s iLab and moderated myself. It was all very much worth it! Lots of very positive feedback, and many inspiring takeaways (and I am not referring to the food here, but rather food for thought!). I sum it all up in an article that appeared on the REVEAL project website first, and then was re-posted – with minor modifications – on the DW Innovation Blog. So if you want to find out more: check it out! Or see the Twitter hashtag #smvw16 for comments and feedback about the event.

Back after the Break – Hanover next (5 September)

The summer break is sort of over. After a bit of time off, I am getting back into the swing of things. This includes picking up where I left off a few weeks ago, plus a few new speaking assignments.

My next public appearance will be on 5 September when I’ll be speaking at the First International SoBigData Workshop in Hanover, Germany. The event is hosted in conjunction with the TPDL 2016 conference (TPDL, by the way, stands for “Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries”.

I was asked to speak on the importance and value, plus prospective challenges, of big data in news and the newsroom. Something I have been dealing with for some time… So if you fancy coming along (the event is free of charge) let’s meet in Hanover on 5 September. I’ll be on stage at 1.30 pm (right after lunch…), and my presentation is entitled “Handling the Truth: UGC Data in News. Benefits & Challenges”.  See you there?

UPDATE: it’s over now. I talked to about 45 people and got quite some positive feedback. Seems like the hardcore R&D community is always eager to hear some real-life examples, showing what is happening “on the shop floor.” Good new contacts established, too.

REVEAL workshop on 16 September 2016

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

Image by Ruben Bouwmeester

On Friday 16 September 2016 the REVEAL project consortium, in which I am involved, is hosting a one day workshop south of Athens, Greece, in which participants will raise and discuss various aspects of social media verification. This includes showcasing how technology can aid in the process, discuss existing challenges, and point to possible solutions. All this with a cear view to journalistic and news media needs and requirements.

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Advising on the EC’s Work Programme 2018-2020 in “Converging Media and Content”

Post it!

Post it!

On 19 April 2016 I was invited by the European Commission’s “DG CONNECT / Converging Media and Content Unit G1″ to advise on the Unit’s Work Programme for 2018-2020. An interesting as well as challenging undertaking, as participants were asked to envision what the media landscape will look like in 2030 in order for the Unit to formulate coresponding activities and programmes. Hence, a lot of brainstorming, discussions, pinning down of ideas (we used enormous amounts of “post-its”) and debate took place throughout the day. According to the hosts, it provided them with lots of useful insights. Let’s see whether and how this will be reflected in future work programmes!



Paper Published on Image Forensics and Journalism

I just had another paper published. Together with Markos Zampoglou, Symeon Papadopoulos and Yiannis Kompatsiaris of the Information Technologies Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas in Thessaloniki, Greece, and my Deutsche Welle colleague Ruben Bouwmeester, I wrote a paper entitled Web and Social Media Image Forensics for News Professionals. It focuses on automating the verification of social media content, and points to some of the challenges in the domain, especially image analysis. Furthermore, in the paper we discuss what has changed in journalism with regards to using and verifying content that is posted and shared on social networks (that part was my contribution). You can access the full paper here.

International Journalism Festival Perugia


One of many fact-checking sessions

I’ve just returned from the International Journalism Festival, Perugia. A great event on all accounts! It provided me with the opportunity to catch up with many familiar people and meet up with and get to know scores of new ones. The programme was extremely versatile, the location and looking-after was fantastic, so all in all a brilliant event for anyone interested in the current state of affairs and future of journalism.

I also participated in a panel entitled “Automating verification: how far can we go?” You can view the video of the entire session (1hr 16) at the above location, or read a summary written by if you want to find out more about my direct involvement in the event, plus what the other panelists had to say about automating the verification of UGC.