A presentation given at re:publica 2015. See session: https://re-publica.de/en/session/plug-play-news-sourcing-verifying-and-publishing-information-real-time-crisis Below are more details.
Sourcing, verifying, and getting information out to the public in these times of turmoil is often essential to minimize damage and maintain healthy societies. Based on real experience such as monitoring elections in South-Eastern Europe, relief effort during the 2014 floods in the Balkans, and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, this talks shows how to report about critical events in real time and ensure information is correct all with readily available online tools.
Europe has had a turbulent few years and things don't seem to be slowing down. The world's second smallest continent is host to over 50 countries, all of them very connected, both offline and online, and all of them going through their own issues -- from devastating natural disasters, through protests, political change, crime, migrations, to armed conflict.
The knowledge and experience shared in this talk have been obtained mostly through participating in reporting on crisis situations in Eastern Europe. Yet, the know-how and the methods are applicable in similar contexts worldwide.
Sourcing, verifying, and getting information out to the public in times of turmoil are essential to minimize damage and maintain healthy societies. Based on real experiences like promoting civic engagement in and reporting on elections in Eastern Europe, the 2014 floods in the Balkans, and the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine, this session draws on real-life examples and first-hand accounts of reporting on significant real-time events using these methods to make sure the information is correct.