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Crowdsourcing and Verification For Journalists



A how-to guide for long-term and short-term crowdsourcing projects for journalists, including tips on verifying news and photos received via social media.

A how-to guide for long-term and short-term crowdsourcing projects for journalists, including tips on verifying news and photos received via social media.



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  • Newest updates first
  • Whenever there’s a recurring topic, include form for readers to add themselves for followup stories
  • Check scanner, police sources to verify.Back it up on a Twitter search to see if other social accounts are reporting.Ask followers if they can help verify (a.k.a. The 'Andy Carvin method').

Crowdsourcing and Verification For Journalists Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Tap Into the Crowd Mandy Jenkins @mjenkins #norcalsoc April 2012
  • 2. What is Crowdsourcing?• When you call on your readers/followers to contribute to a story• Calls for content, news tips and story sources• Can be breaking or long-term• Involve a little or a lot of information
  • 3. Before Crowdsourcing•Build engaged community (follow people,converse with them)•Build Twitter lists of key sources forbreaking situations•Plan ahead when you can, have a plan forwhen you can’t•Include crowdsourcing in story-planning
  • 4. During Breaking News• Open keyword searches• Monitor key Twitter lists• Have reporter or news org start tweeting live to get and share info
  • 5. Find Sources Fast
  • 6. Ask for What You Want
  • 7. Ask Permission for Photos
  • 8. Breaking NewsCrowdsourcing•Say what you know•Say what you don’t know•Say what you want/need to know•Don’t spread rumors•Vet sources & information•Ask questions as you gather info•RT with context, note if its verified
  • 9. Search.Twitter.Com/advanced Search by keywords, location, time Search quickly - before the stream is taken over by reaction
  • 10. When You Find Leads• Connect with eyewitnesses, get contact info• Have them wait for a reporter on scene• Verify!
  • 11. • Search venues on• “Mayor” is great source for info about a business or venue (employee or regular customer)
  • 12. Crowdsourcing Everyday
  • 13. Crowdsourced map: Google Maps
  • 14. Ask Everywhere• Print callouts (Tell Us Your Story)• Social media promotion (reporter and papers’ accounts)• Embeds into online stories• Word-of-mouth, IRL on the beat
  • 15. Crowdsourcing Ideas• Ask for archival photos/stories from community anniversaries• Is it raining/snowing/earthquaking near you?• Build a source database for recurring themes (foreclosures, veterans, lost jobs, etc.)
  • 16. Beware B.S.
  • 17. Check the persons credibility• Check when account was created.• How frequent are updates?• Do they have a photo?• Do they have friends/followers? Do they follow?• Check bio, links• Check Klout score• Google name and scam, spammer• Contact & interview
  • 18. Follow up on the tip• Ask for a phone number and call the person.• Ask if they witnessed first-hand or heard about it.• Ask exactly what they witnessed, how they saw it and when.• Ask who else may have the same info.
  • 19. Check credibility of the info• Check earlier tweets/updates: Anything leading up to the tip that makes sense?• Do follow up tweets/updates make sense in context?• Does it read authentically? Misspellings, bad grammar, typos can also be a sign of a real person.• Corroborate the info
  • 20. Evaluate your options• How urgent is this information?• How important is the tip to the overall story? Is there a story without it?• Is it worth the risk if it is wrong?
  • 21. B.S. Images
  • 22. Photoshop Debunked by Reddit
  • 23. East River Flooding! (Nope) Scanned and tweeted photo from an older storm
  • 24. Verifying Images• Check exif info:• Check for edits to photos:• Reference locations against maps and existing images from the area.• Examine weather reports and shadows to confirm that the conditions shown fit with the claimed date and time.• Check clothes/buildings/language/license plates/vehicles etc. to see if they support what the image claims to be.
  • 25. THANKS! Mandy @mjenkins Blog: These slides & more at