Articles about "Verification"

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Anthony De Rosa on verifying news: ‘I take in a lot and I put back out very little’

If some information is already out there, do you need to say so?

This is a conundrum faced by many journalists, though not everyone sees it as a conundrum.

For example, if media in Vietnam report news about a missing … Read more


Announcing the release of the free Verification Handbook

A little over a year ago, I suggested to colleagues at Poynter that I write an e-book about verification.

It seemed to me an essential project, but also a reflection of the shift I’ve experienced in my focus for Regret … Read more

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Video, verification, value: Why News Corp’s purchase of Storyful deserves your attention

I first met Storyful CEO Mark Little at the 2011 ONA Conference in Boston. We headed off to find a quiet corner so I could hear more about what exactly a “social news agency” was.

“Three words: it’s discovery, it’s … Read more


AP’s Navy Yard photos unrelated to shooting? D.C. man who says he was in them tells his story

Eric Levenson raises many good questions about two pictures AP pulled from the wire Monday. They purported to show bystanders helping a victim of the Navy Yard shootings. The photographer, Don Andres, told MSNBC: "I don't know if it's related" to the violence.
Mandy Jenkins of Digital First Media tweeted her doubts: "Still pretty confused as to how a wounded man was dragged to CVS from the Navy Yard, it's at least 3 blocks away." Other questions remained, as well: Why was there no sign of blood? Would people have picked up and moved a gunshot victim to the ground on a concrete street corner?
James Birdsall may hold some answers. Birdsall is a structural engineer at the Parsons Corporation, a firm with an office at 100 M St. SE in Washington, D.C. That's very close to the CVS in front of which the photos appear to have been taken. Some of his colleagues saw a woman in a violet shirt pull an injured man from her car. Birdsall, who called Poynter to share his story, said he saw that she was performing chest compressions on the man and noticed she didn't have an automated external defibrillator.

Birdsall grabbed his firm's AED "and ran over to help out," he said.

Birdsall was wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants Monday. He sent me a photo of himself after I requested one. His face isn't visible in the pictures. But his story casts doubt on easy conclusions about the photo's truth. (more...)
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New research suggests it’s possible to automatically identify fake images on Twitter

One of the most challenging aspects of social media is figuring out how to efficiently verify information and stop the spread of misinformation during breaking news situations.

Hurricane Sandy gave rise to a variety of efforts to try and identify

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Associated Press purchases minority stake in Bambuser video service

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The Associated Press has purchased a minority stake in Bambuser -- a service that lets users watch, share and broadcast video.

AP Director of Global Video News Sandy MacIntyre will join Bambuser’s board as "a non-executive director," the AP says. In a release about the move, MacIntyre said:

"User-generated video content of live and breaking news is the new frontier of news generation. ... Bambuser is the proven platform for eyewitnesses around the world to stream their video content and has been invaluable to the AP over the past year, allowing us to access footage of verifiable breaking news stories that would simply not have been possible before. Moreover, we have always been deeply impressed by the proven technology from the small but very talented team at Bambuser." (more...)

Anthony Weiner’s website apparently shows Pittsburgh skyline

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New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro made a compelling observation about New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner's website on Thursday: It seems the banner image isn't of New York, but Pittsburgh. (more...)
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How the AP verified photo of Boston bombing suspect leaving scene

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David Green's cell-phone photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appearing to move away from the scene of last Monday's bombing almost seemed too good to be true, Associated Press Director of Photography Santiago Lyon said in a phone call Friday evening.

"When the picture began to circulate, we were suspicious of it because when we looked at it closely it seemed to have been a composite picture," Lyon said. "But what happens often with digital imagery is when you're looking closely at low-resolution files you see things that are misleading, because of the way the pic is compressed or the size of the file."

A cropped version of Green's photo (AP Photo/David Green)

So the AP asked Green, a Florida businessman who'd completed the marathon and was watching other runners finish when the bombs went off, for a high-resolution version of his pic. The time stamp and the resolution convinced the photo department it was real. After the AP did a little reporting on Green -- making sure he'd run the race, that he was who he said -- they struck a licensing deal. (more...)
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‘Let Me Tweet That For You’ site raises concerns for journalists

This tweet looks pretty real, doesn't it?

It's not, though. I faked that tweet using a Web service named "Let Me Tweet That For You." It's pretty simple -- you type in a Twitter username and a message, and it generates a realistic-looking image of a tweet from that person. It even adds fake retweet and favorite counts to lend some more credibility.

The site is a project of OKFocus, a New York-based marketing agency. It's actually about a year old, but has been somehow rediscovered this week and is really taking off on Twitter. (more...)

How old ‘Swedish mannequins’ picture spread with bogus information

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If you're on Facebook, you've probably seen this image by now, along with cheers about the message H&M is sending by using mannequins that look like real women.

But the picture isn't new, Jeff Yang writes in Quartz, and nor was it taken at H&M. Yahoo, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post were among the outlets that posted stories about the image. After learning the models weren't from H&M, Delia Lloyd of the Post said the image was a hoax. That wasn't quite right, either.

"Yesterday, I received an urgent Twitter message from Rebecka Silvekroon, a 29-year-old project manager for LBi, a digital communications agency based in Malmö in southern Sweden, asking for assistance in reaching Yahoo, one of the primary vectors of the image’s viral distribution," Yang writes. Silvekroon shot the photo in 2010 for her blog.

“I don’t know who originally found and took the photo from, but my guess is that they didn’t know Swedish and saw that I had written ‘H&M’ in the text, which caused the misattribution,” she says. “I found out about the reblogging via e-mail on Friday” — ironically, because Danish and Swedish newspapers had begun to write about the image, also without citing her blog, until someone Googled the text and found the original post on
Lloyd's story now includes a mind-bending correction:
Correction: Earlier versions of this blogpost erroneously described the mannequins in question as an Internet hoax. They were not used in H&M stores, as the original online postings claimed. But they have been used at the Swedish department store “Åhlens.”
Yang salutes the photo for sparking discussion of body image in retailing. "It would be nice if it got reporters to start thinking about the rules of engagement around reuse of 'viral' images as well," he writes.