With so many potential sources at their disposal, verifying facts and separating the worthy from the not-so-worthy can be an arduous process for today’s journalists. So a new e-book has emerged, designed to help fledgling digital journos manage user-generated content (UGC), particularly during emergencies.
Some prominent digital media names are among the contributors to the Verification Handbook, including Anthony De Rosa, Editor-in-Chief at Circa; Mathew Ingram, journalist and media consultant; Malachy Browne, News Editor at Storyful; Trushar Barot, Assistant Editor at the Social Media and User Generated Content hub for BBC News; and Craig Silverman, journalist and founding editor of Regret the Error, a Poynter Institute blog covering media errors, accuracy and verification.
There are ten chapters in total, all completely free to read online, covering topics such as ‘When Emergency News Breaks’, ‘Verifying User-Generated Content’, and ‘Preparing for Disaster Coverage’. Though it’s only available online at the moment, printed, ePub and free PDF versions will shortly be available too.