Social media connects the world in an instant, making it a vital part of how journalists find sources and report the news.
Developing sources online takes skill, time and patience, however. Reportedly covers global news almost exclusively through social media, so those sources are vital, and Reportedly’ deputy managing editor, P Kim Bui, explained how she approaches this challenge in her work at the recent First Draft Live event at AJ+ in San Francisco.
Watch Kim’s talk at #FDLive3 here and find links to presentations from the rest of the series below.
Other videos from #FDLive3 at AJ+
- Fergus Bell details some of the risks and responsibilities journalists have working with eyewitnesses on social media, and how to protect them
- Tom Trewinnard discusses how journalists can collaborate with their community around verifying hoaxes and newsworthy information, and how best to communicate when a hoax is debunked
- Alastair Reid highlights some tools and techniques for verification which can be used with the First Draft verification guide
Videos from #FDLive at The New York Times:
Joe Galvin explains how Storyful set up their newsroom to find breaking news on social media
- Claire Wardle gives a run down of verification as a process, with tools and tips to help
- Craig Silverman discusses fake news: Sources, types and solutions
Videos from #FDLive at the Guardian:
- Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins discusses advanced geolocation in Syria
- Storyful’s Eliza Mackintosh details verification in the context of terror attacks
- Reportedly’s Malachy Browne shows how he used verification techniques to get an exclusive story of bombs shipped to Yemen