News Impact Summit - 31 March 2015

Hamburg

Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics

Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics


On Tuesday 31 March 2015, the third edition of the News Impact Summit (NIS Hamburg) will be held in the beautiful harbor city of Hamburg, Germany. On the occasion of the book release of the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting, the NIS Hamburg will shed light on the theme "Verification, Investigation and Digital Ethics".

Organised by the European Journalism Centre (EJC)and the News Lab at Google, this one-day public event will bring the journalists and media trainers spearheading the field of fact-checking, verification, journalistic investigation and research to the media centre of Germany. The summit will offer 8 workshops and skills training on the topics varying from UGC verification techniques (basics & advanced) to tools training on Google Earth, Map and StreetView, and from designing state-of-art newsroom workflow strategies to applying verification methods into data gathering and analysis.

  • Round up:

    Programme

    09:00 - 09:10
    Opening Remarks
    Steve Grove
    News Lab at Google
    Wilfried Rütten
    European Journalism Centre
    Antoine Laurent
    Fonds pour l'Innovation Numérique de la Presse
    09:10 - 10:00
    Debate: Fact-checking and Verification: Where Do We Stand?

    Fact-checking and verification have become buzzwords for today’s journalism. Particularly in the digital age, there are various challenges that media outlets and journalists encounter when sourcing on social networks and verifying user-generated content.  The questions: are we doing the job right? Are we accurately crediting the sources and labeling the crowdsourced contents? And even worse, are we the ones who are spreading unconfirmed rumours and unverified social media contents through our media products?
    This panel session will highlight some of the findings from the recent Tow Center’s studies namely, ‘Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content: How News Websites Spread (and Debunk) Online Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation‘ which was published in February 2015 and ‘Amateur Footage: A Global Study of User-Generated Content‘ which was released in May 2014.

    This session is supported by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

    Jenni Sargent
    First Draft
    Rina Tsubaki
    European Journalism Centre
    10:00 - 10:30
    Ignite Talks

    This session invites 6 speakers to give a 5-min inspirational talk on their UGC verification strategies, as well as their products and services that support journalists’ day-to-day work.

    Michael Wegener
    ARD News (tagesschau)
    Eliot Higgins
    Bellingcat
    Fergus Bell
    Dig Deeper Media
    10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee Break
    11:00 - 12:00
    Debate: In Search of Truth – Verification on the Front Line

    Verification has become a norm in today’s newsroom; we are all aware of the importance of validating claims and contents for more accurate reporting. Yet, being on the front line when news breaks often results anxiety and confusion, especially when there are no strategies, expertise, networks and workflow that support the verification process. What can we learn from the practiced strategies in today’s journalism, particularly from a world-leading verification expert like Eliot Higgins, and high-profile delegates from the German media outlets? This session will discuss the best practices with the experts on the front line, and how we can best design and implement verification strategies and workflow.

    Guenter Bartsch
    Netzwerk Recherche
    Michael Wegener
    ARD News (tagesschau)
    Hauke Janssen
    Der Spiegel
    Germany
    Eliot Higgins
    Bellingcat
    Rina Tsubaki
    European Journalism Centre
    12:00 - 13:00
    Lunch Break
    13:00 - 14:00
    Workshop 1 [Tools and Demos track]: Google Advanced Search for Research & Investigation (Intermediate)

    Overview of research tools: Survey of Google’s tools to help your news gathering. Discover new trends in search, find and visualize useful datasets, uncover specialized tools for finding and verifying photos, and get a better understanding for how Google Search works.

    Nicholas Whitaker
    Google News Lab
    13:00 - 14:00
    Workshop 2 [Verification track]: Values, approaches and mindsets to Verification (Basic)

    This session provides guidance on the fundamentals of verification. This includes a look at the approaches and tools to use when verifying digital images, video and text content, as well as an overview of the common types of online fakes.

    14:00 - 15:00
    Workshop 4 [Verification track]: Verifying Contents from the War and Conflict Zones (Advanced)

    An advanced look at verification and analysis technique, using Google Earth and other tools.

    Eliot Higgins
    Bellingcat
    14:00 - 15:00
    Workshop 3 [Tools and Demos track]: How to find relevant social media contents via Tame (Basic)

    Verification is certainly at the heart of digital skills for journalism, and it is deeply connected to another key task: curation. Before we verify information, we need to aggregate and filter data in order to makes sure that we find it. Tame was developed to make sure journalists don’t miss anything related to their beat, but don’t get swept away by the flood of data at the same time.This session will put participants in the position to set up their own curation engine with the help of Twitter, Tame and a selection of complimentary tools.

    15:00 - 15:30
    Coffee Break
    15:30 - 16:30
    Workshop 5 [Tools and Demos track]: Discovering events in Social Media and gathering clues for REVEALing their trustworthiness (Intermediate)

    This workshop and demo session will include both hands-on activities as well as showcasing research work in the areas of news discovery and verification. The focus will be on outcomes and current status of the work carried out in two EC co-funded, multinational research & development projects, namely SocialSensor and Reveal.

    News discovery through event detection in Social Media will be presented by demonstrating state-of-the-art work in real-time trend detection originating on Twitter, with results being further enriched by relevant multimedia content found in multiple social networks. In the verification part of the session we will showcase automated verification efforts of news items posted on Twitter. Also, results of an almost market-ready service (the TruthNest) will be demonstrated.
    Participants will be given the opportunity to test and trial the demoed prototypes and solutions (so bring your connected devices). There will be sufficient time for questions & answers plus discussions.

    Nikos Sarris
    Athens Technology Centre - Innovation Lab
    Jochen Spangenberg
    Deutsche Welle
    15:30 - 16:30
    Workshop 6 [Verification track]: UGC Ethics & Workflow in Your Newsroom (Basic)

    This session explores the ethical considerations for newsrooms when sourcing user-generated content. It will address how the establishment of workflows and high verification standards can enable news organisations to process huge amounts of social and user-generated content efficiently and accurately.

    Fergus will also demonstrate how SAM has tackled these issues in order to get efficient workflows embedded into newsrooms to ultimately tell better stories.

    Fergus Bell
    Dig Deeper Media
    16:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 7 [Tools and Demos track]: Google Earth, Map & Streetview (Intermediate)

    A map can bring your story, and data, to life. This session will survey Google’s mapping tools and technology, and how you can use them to tell visually compelling stories across the web, print and video. We’ll demo and highlight examples of how newsrooms around the world are using these tools, and address your permissions and licensing questions.

    16:30 - 17:30
    Workshop 8 [Verification track]: Applying Verification Methods into Data Gathering & Analysis (Intermediate)

    For in-depth verification processes, data driven investigations represent a major challenge. Their primary source material can be biased in various ways and is often transformed multiple times before their results appear in journalistic stories. Christina Elmer and Maximilian Schäfer will present different examples of data journalistic workflows demonstrating challenges and solution approaches – both within daily journalism and long-term investigations.

    Christina Elmer
    Spiegel Online
    17:30 - 18:00
    ONA Keynote: Digital Ethics and Trust-Building – Establishing an International DIY Ethics Code

    In an era in which media credibility is declining as precipitously as the number of media outlets is increasing, journalists must reinvent both the forms and ideas of media ethics to distinguish themselves from those who would claim their mantle as professional and trustworthy communicators. The ONA is building the “Do-It-Yourself” Code of Ethics in order to provide news professionals and media organizations with the method and means to develop, articulate, understand, create, and ultimately publicize the high ethical standards to which they aspire.

    Alan D. Abbey
    Shalom Hartman Institute
    18:00 - 18:30
    News Impact Session and Closing Remarks
    Charlie Beckett
    London School of Economics (LSE)

    Venue

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    Ehemaliges Hauptzollamt Hafen Hamburg

    Confirmed Speakers

    Eliot Higgins

    Bellingcat

    Steve Grove

    News Lab at Google

    Hauke Janssen

    Der Spiegel
    Germany

    Michael Wegener

    ARD News (tagesschau)

    Fergus Bell

    Dig Deeper Media

    Jenni Sargent

    First Draft

    Jochen Spangenberg

    Deutsche Welle

    Wilfried Rütten

    European Journalism Centre

    Nicholas Whitaker

    Google News Lab

    Guenter Bartsch

    Netzwerk Recherche

    Alan D. Abbey

    Shalom Hartman Institute

    Charlie Beckett

    London School of Economics (LSE)

    Colm Curneen

    Storyful

    Christina Elmer

    Spiegel Online

    Nikos Sarris

    Athens Technology Centre - Innovation Lab

    Rina Tsubaki

    European Journalism Centre

    Antoine Laurent

    Fonds pour l'Innovation Numérique de la Presse
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