Journalism agenda: “A Journalist’s Guide To Approaching Social Sources”

Two weeks ago the movie Sully opened, a dramatic recreation of the circumstances surrounding Flight 1549 which crashed into the Hudson River in 2009 with Captain Sullenberger at the controls. I’ve yet to see the film, but I doubt they feature much about Janis Krums, the man who tweeted this picture from the ferry he was on at the time.

A Journalist’s Guide To Approaching Social Sources

This free tool can help journalists figure out whether an image posted on Twitter is real, before going through the process of reaching out to eyewitnesses

WashPost makes history: first paper to call for prosecution of its own source

News organisations usually owe duties of protection to their sources. The Washington Post is making history as the first paper to call for the prosecution of Edward Snowden, its own source, after accepting the Pulitzer Prize.

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden speaks via video conference in February 2016. Credit: Juliet Linderman/ AP/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

Between hush-hush widespread fraud, clunky and inconsistent load times and consumer wariness that’s driving people to ad blockers, the digital ad industry has a clear crisis of trust.

LOS ANGELES — YouTube is looking to make its on-demand generation of viewers into a generation with demands. The best way to do that, it recently found: through the most popular creators, whose fans actively seek them out for 2016 election information, believe it or not.

For publishers, Facebook is the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room: They know they have to deal with it, but they aren’t always sure of the best strategy for approach.

A new report out today from the International News Media Association attempts to deal with that problem by providing an overview of how Facebook works and outlining some ways publishers can use the platform to reach readers and potentially generate revenue. The report was written by Grzegorz Piechota, a former Nieman Fellow who is now a research associate at the Harvard Business School.

It’s hard not to sound like a broken record here, but the digital media environment has upended everything legacy publishers have relied on for decades: a robust print product, advertising revenue, loyal readers who get their news directly from a news organization, and even the good old written word.

A new Reuters Institute report detailing these changes at 25 private-sector legacy news organizations across six countries in Europe reaffirms familiar trendlines in digital publishing.1 Through dozens of interviews with senior leadership, editors, and strategists, the report also pulls together insight on new initiatives many of these publishers have undertaken to set their news operations on the right digital course — though there is, of course, no consensus on what that right course should be. (The authors tried to strike a balance between national newspapers, commercial broadcasters, and regional newspapers, so the challenges do vary sector to sector.)

Being contrarian sometimes pays off. Online magazine Slate is now 20 years old, and while its strong takes are stronger than ever and its contrarianism as contrarian as ever, it’s also more self-aware — and far past its pimply, tumultuous teenage years, thanks in part to its well-positioned audio sibling Panoply.

First Draft decamped to Denver for the Online News Association annual conference last week, armed with 15 mini-presentations for the great and good of digital journalism.

We’ve pulled them together into the core topics and shared them here for everyone who couldn’t make the conference. Looking to get started in social newsgathering, verification and handling fake news? Look no further.

As always, if you think we missed anything or there are any other topics you would like more information on, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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