Articles about "Verification"


Fake news: Pig rescuing goat is really a dog

Dave Itzkoff of the NYTimes asked me last week to look at a 30-second video of a cute little pig rescuing a cute little bleating goat that was somehow trapped in a pond.

My first reaction was: fake. Yet several … Read more


New research details how journalists verify information

Stop a journalist on the street and ask her to list the fundamentals of the job and you’re almost certain to hear mention of accuracy.

In “The Elements of Journalism,” Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel wrote that journalism’s “essence … Read more


Montreal students take credit for fake viral video of baby-snatching eagle

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Since being uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, this incredible video of an eagle swooping down and snatching a toddler with its talons from a Montreal park has … Read more

In this instagram photo provided by Ana Andjelic, Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, is surrounded by floodwaters from Sandy's surge, Monday, Oct. 30, 2012, in New York. Sandy, the storm that made landfall Monday, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Ana Andjelic)

Editor Fergus Bell explains how AP verifies user-generated content from Sandy to Syria

Hurricane Sandy was the kind of event Fergus Bell was promoted to help handle.

Bell was recently named AP’s Social Media & UGC Editor, International thanks to his work sourcing and verifying user-generated content for the organization.

So when Sandy … Read more


New York Times creates new story form for ‘Watching Syria’s War’

Watching the video is almost unbearable.

But grasping the horror of what’s happening in Syria without watching it is almost unthinkable.

A Father’s Farewell,” posted Oct. 12 to a curation site maintained by The New York Times, appears … Read more


Whose fault is it that ‘Comfortably Smug’ lies about Hurricane Sandy spread?

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Shashank Tripathi was always a jerk on Twitter, Heidi N. Moore writes, but the BS he was pushing out to his @ComfortablySmug followers during Hurricane Sandy was only a problem after others, including journalists, started sharing it.
[I]f Tripathi's silly tweets made it into the national press, it is the national press that is, at heart, to blame for not protecting journalistic standards as well as they should. It is a matter of a few minutes to call a spokesperson or check a live camera, and that is what journalists get paid to do. Producers or editors should not rush information to air or print until those calls have been made, and answered.

Emergency information response is a public service we can coordinate through real-time verification

It didn’t take long for a variety of debunking efforts to help combat misinformation and fake images related to Hurricane Sandy.

The Atlantic launched InstaSnopes, the “Is Twitter Wrong?” Tumblr spread quickly, BuzzFeed collected fake images and produced … Read more


‘Is Twitter Wrong?’ became central to debunking during Hurricane Sandy

Tom Phillips, an international editor at MSN based in England, started “Is Twitter Wrong?” in August to debunk misinformation coursing through the social sphere. His Tumblr rose to prominence quickly this week as he sorted real photos from … Read more


Why fake photos are as appealing as real ones in a disaster

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What makes humans "hunger for more disaster and mayhem," Jack Shafer asks, looking at how we greedily lapped up every jot and tittle about Hurricane Sandy this week. "Television and the Web," Shafer writes, "place us in the comfortable zone between too-far-away-to-feel-the-rush and I’m-so-damned-close-I-got-splattered-with-blood." Had the Washington-area resident's house not lost power, he says,
the media buzz I got last night from the Hurricane Sandy coverage could have kept me up for hours beyond my usual bedtime. Had my electric power been restored by morning, I don’t have to tell you what my first act would have been upon awakening.
That "disaster porn" has a byproduct, writes Laura Miller: (more...)
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Tom Phillips: Correcting tweets ‘like putting toothpaste back in the tube’

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David Holmes interviews Tom Phillips, whose "Is Twitter Wrong?" Tumblr neatly debunked many false photos from Hurricane Sandy. Phillips is an editor at MSN, Holmes writes, and he says correcting errant tweets through Twitter alone is "like putting toothpaste back in the tube, except the toothpaste is alive and didn’t like it in the tube and is dreaming of Broadway." (more...)
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