First Draft News

The FirstDraft Coalition (see previous Radar post) have launched a new website; First Draft News.

As well as continuing to publish articles on Medium, the new website which is funded by Google News Lab, will provide a go to portal for advice on the verification of breaking news stories. This from the FirstDraft Medium blog;

So how can journalists find sources and material on social media when a story breaks? How can they test the legitimacy of what they find? How should they approach and credit sources? How can they stop the spread of rumours and hoaxes? And how can they do all this while remaining commercially competitive? The First Draft Coalition was established to address these questions, and earlier this week First Draft News launched as a destination site full of essential reads and resources to take that conversation further. In addition to posts here at Medium, we will be publishing features, case studies, interactives, videos, podcasts, industry news, how-to guides and collections of tools on a daily basis to help journalists navigate this new minefield of reportage.

Mădălina Ciobanu has been interviewing members of the Coalition for First Draft hope that the website will begin to address the needs of journalists struggling to keep up with the challenges of reporting news which may break from eyewitness sources before a reporter reaches the news scene;

Claire Wardle, co-founder of the Eyewitness Media Hub and research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, has trained over 4,000 people in the field of social discovery and verification since 2009, but says there are still plenty of students and journalists who lack the necessary skills and knowledge. “I think there are some journalists who think ‘oh, we’ve been talking about this for ages’. But actually, there isn’t one place where you can send people to find up-to-date information, resources and reflection pieces about the issues related to eyewitness media, whether that’s discovery, verification, ethical use or questions about publication.”

Here’s an interesting post from the website which explains how videos of recent air strikes made (reportedly) against Islamic State affiliated groups in Syria, and posted by the Russian Ministry of Defense, have stood up to the verification process.