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Fact and fancy – how verification can protect our news

Monday, June 13 / Room Bonn / 5.00 p.m.

It seems as if traditional news agencies have become obsolete. Every day, information is reaching us via Twitter & Co. In nearly every region of the world, people are taking photos, filming, posting and passing them around the world within seconds. In crisis regions, where journalistic work is almost impossible, user generated content (UGC) often is the only source of information.

How can media companies integrate UGC in their work? Which information is enriching reporting and which is not? Examples from Ukraine, Syria and the refugee crisis have shown that UGC can also be misused as an instrument of propaganda. How can one ensure the reliable verification of UGC in the daily editorial work? Which editorial workflows and structures are needed for this? What technical support is needed? And what about questions of ethics and security? The workshop will examine basics and techniques of verification of UGC and its value in journalism.

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