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
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.)
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
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.
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
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?
Verifying Images• Check exif info:
regex.info/exif.cgi• Check for edits to photos: errorlevelanalysis.com/• 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.