Browsing the "Verify" Tag

How A Production Company Faked ‘Instagram Migrant’ Account

September 15th, 2015 | by EJC

An Instagram account purportedly documenting a migrant’s journey from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain began trending earlier this year after the Huffington Post shared a story about it. The account, which was in fact created by a Spanish production company, is emblematic of the hazards that come with taking what we see on social media at face value


Fidel Is Dead? Long Live Fidel?

June 17th, 2015 | by EJC

Fidel Castro is no stranger to death rumours. On January 9th 2015, Twitter was awash with such gossip once again - and the claims continued to spread even after larger media organisations had already dispelled the rumours. But how exactly did the rumours start? MO* reconstructs the rumour mill in this “making off”


Crowdsourcing Political Incidents Online

October 28th, 2013 | by EJC

Kenya's iHub recently released its research on crowdsourced information in the highly contested 2013 Kenya Presidential elections. Jared Ford explains what the report reveals about crowdsourcing methodologies and how journalists can adapt these findings to improve their newsgathering processes.


Audience Engagement: Important For Better Crowdsourcing?

October 17th, 2013 | by EJC

The general public, armed with a smartphone or pocket-size camera, plays an increasing role in evolving stories. Gemma van der Kamp investigates the role of User Generated Content in the newsgathering process and examines the best practices for utilising it



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