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Best Practices for Social Media Verification - Craig Silverman in CJR

Best Practices for Social Media Verification - Craig Silverman in CJR | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Whether you view it as long overdue or just in time, I believe we are starting to see the emergence of best practices for verifying social media content and citizen reports. Recent weeks and months have seen leading practitioners of social media verification and crowdsourced verification share tips and thoughts to help move the discipline forward.
Among the featured: Mark Little from Storyful, BBC College, Andy Carvin, Paul Bradshaw, Craig Kanalley.
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Twitter as Media: What Happens When Anyone Can Publish? - Mathew Ingram in NYTimes

Twitter as Media: What Happens When Anyone Can Publish? - Mathew Ingram in NYTimes | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
We need more people collecting and curating and making sense of these kinds of stories — whether they are professional journalists or amateurs, or even people who don’t see themselves as journalists at all. We need more ways of curating and making sense of real-time news now that it is coming at us from dozens or even hundreds of different directions.
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The article as luxury or byproduct - Jeff Jarvis in BuzzMachine

Some news events (should we still be calling them stories?) are better told in process. Some need summing up as articles. That is an extra service to readers. A luxury, perhaps.
News is a process more than a product. An article can be a byproduct of the process. An article can be a luxury. When a story is complex and has been growing and changing, it is a great service to tie that into a cogent and concise narrative. But is that always necessary.
We write articles for many reasons: because the form demands it, because we want the bylines and ego gratification, because we are competitive, because we had to. Now we should write articles when necessary.
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There is a new group of gatekeepers in town, and this time, they’re not people, they’re code. Eli Pariser

There is a new group of gatekeepers in town, and this time, they’re not people, they’re code. Eli Pariser | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Personalized information filters pose a threat to democracy.
Today’s Internet giants — Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft — see the remarkable rise of available information as an opportunity. If they can provide services that sift though the data and supply us with the most personally relevant and appealing results, they’ll get the most users and the most ad views. As a result, they’re racing to offer personalized filters that show us the Internet that they think we want to see. These filters, in effect, control and limit the information that reaches our screens.
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"The future of Facebook is a sort of "TV Guide" for the media" - Facebook's Journalist Ambassador Lavrusik

"The future of Facebook is a sort of "TV Guide" for the media" - Facebook's Journalist Ambassador Lavrusik | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Meet Facebook's Journalist Ambassador, Vadim Lavrusik.
"Especially for us print folks, we're used to hiding behind our byline," he says. But now that everyone can publish, a newspaper's brand-name alone doesn't guarantee credibility. Savvy readers will follow up, ask questions, tweet criticism, and send updates. "The conversation that takes place after the publication is just as much a part of that process."
"As journalists, we're almost just as responsible for the distribution of news."
"The future of Facebook is a sort of "TV Guide" for the media, where our friends' newsfeed becomes an almost exhaustive directory for what we wish to consume."
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The Human Algorithm - Discovery, Verification, Delivery - Mark Little at The Storyful Blog

I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions
* Discovery: How do we find valuable social media content?
* Verification: How do we make sure we can trust it?
* Delivery: How do we turn that content into stories for a changed audience?
Without a doubt, verification is the greatest challenge. It’s also the greatest opportunity for ‘social journalists’ willing to leave the confines of traditional news organisations and perhaps even create their own.
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Future of Media: Curation, Verification and News as a Process - Mathew Ingram

Future of Media: Curation, Verification and News as a Process - Mathew Ingram | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
As the BBC and other mainstream media outlets try to figure out how to curate and make sense of the "citizen journalism" coming in via social media, they also need to come to grips with the idea that news is now a process, not a product.
Twitter is becoming the real-time news wire for the world, and we need people who can make use of it as such. And we need new attitudes about how we look at journalism as well, now that everyone is doing it.
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Facebook's growing role in news and social journalism. New presentation from Facebook's Vadim Lavrusik on Prezi

Facebook's Vadim Lavrusik gave a presentation tonight at Columbia University School of Journalism on how journalists are utilizing Facebook in their reporting and storytelling. Lavrusik is Facebook's new Journalist Program Manager and earlier worked in Mashable.
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Discovered: Sources go direct - Dave Winer in Scripting News

Discovered: Sources go direct - Dave Winer in Scripting News | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
There is a vacuum that is being filled by what some call "User Generated Content." I don't like that term. Instead, I call it "Sources Go Direct." Same idea, but with more respect and emphasis on quality. Sure, some of the stuff you read online is crap, but some of it is the quality stuff we crave.
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No, Twitter Is Not a Replacement For Journalism - Mathew Ingram

No, Twitter Is Not a Replacement For Journalism - Mathew Ingram | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
In the wake of a number of events, including the use of Twitter as a real-time reporting tool by New York Times writer Brian Stelter during the aftermath of the recent tornado in Missouri, media theorist and journalism professor Jeff Jarvis has written a post about how the “article” or traditional news story may no longer be necessary. With so much real-time reporting via social networks, he argues that the standard news article has become a “value-added luxury.”

But I disagree — while real-time reporting is very powerful, we still need someone to make sense of those streams and put them in context. In fact, we arguably need that even more.
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Guardian.co.uk wins two awards for digital news | Media | The Guardian

Guardian.co.uk wins two awards for digital news | Media | The Guardian | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
The Guardian website has won two major prizes at the Newspaper Awards, the Oscars of the journalism industry. Guardian.co.uk was named digital news service of the year, with the judges describing the site's WikiLeaks coverage as "a jaw-dropper".
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A need for cultural change in newsrooms when tackling social media - Federica Cherubini at Editors Weblog

A need for cultural change in newsrooms when tackling social media - Federica Cherubini at Editors Weblog | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Last week the BBC's London-based Social Media Summit focused on the relationship between the mainstream media and social media.
Different panels discussed how the mainstream media has engaged with social media, how newsrooms are adapting to new technological changes, what social media can offer to traditional journalism in terms of access to sources, gathering information and content curation and verification and how traditional outlets should change their mindsets.
it is no longer sufficient for mainstream media to be merely familiar with social media or to just introduce a kind of social media interaction in the traditional news process. There is a need for a complete culture change.
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SaturdayPost: Curation and Verification In Journalism - New Methods In News Gathering - Tom Foremski at SVW

SaturdayPost: Curation and Verification In Journalism - New Methods In News Gathering - Tom Foremski at SVW | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
It seems bizarre that journalists wouldn't use many of the tools and media channels that are available. Surely, they could apply their traditional journalism skills and add social media and other media channels, such as blogs, to their reporting arsenal?

No one is asking journalists to throw away the tried and true ways of researching and verifying stories but to add new skills that will improve their reporting. Those new skills include curation and the use of media technologies to tell stories in ways that haven't been told.
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BBC processes for verifying social media content - BBC College of Journalism Blog - #bbcsms

BBC processes for verifying social media content -  BBC College of Journalism Blog - #bbcsms | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
From Tunisia, via Egypt, to Libya and Syria, verifying and acquiring eyewitness/citizen journalist/user-generated content has become increasingly complicated as the material has become more sophisticated.
At the UGC (user-generated content) Hub in the BBC Newsroom in London, our process has become much more forensic in nature.
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Journalists increasingly using social media as news source and for verification — | Journalism.co.uk

Journalists increasingly using social media as news source and for verification — | Journalism.co.uk | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Annual Digital Journalism Study suggests a significant increase in the number of journalists turning to Twitter and Facebook for newsgathering and verification.
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How Every Company now is a Media Company. Tom Foremski in conversation with Shel Israel

How Every Company now is a Media Company. Tom Foremski in conversation with Shel Israel | Brand & Content Curation | Scoop.it
Some quotes from the interview: 1) Just because you use a blogging platform doesn't make you a blogger. 2) Every company has to publish to its customers, to its staff, to its communitites. 3) Once companies realize that they also have to be media companies there are lots of skills and services they will need.
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