Three resources that help journalists make sense of social media
This is the second in a series about online resources for faster fact checking. Read Part 1 for tools that help journalists make sense of statistics.
Social media often gets blamed for inaccurate reporting and spreading misinformation. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks can be helpful, so long as they’re used responsibly.
User-generated content can help the media learn and see news as it unfolds before they’re on the scene. However, just like any public tips that come into a newsroom, tweets and Instagram photos must be verified.
Here are three tools specifically geared toward verifying content on social media:
Launched in 2010, Storyful has been heralded as the world’s first social news agency. A global team of technologists and journalists curate social media and video content 24 hours a day – interacting in social media communities to verify what’s out there. CEO Mark Little very aptly refers to Storyful’s process as The Human Algorithm.
In turn, Storyful provides social web sources and verified content to newsrooms, working with The New York Times, BBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, and many others. The company also is a respected thought leader in the industry, contributing helpful resources like this Social Newsgathering ebook.
Storyful’s success recently led to its acquisition by News Corp.
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