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In the wake of the Paris attacks, expertise in user-generated content can no longer be a niche newsroom skill

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Following the attacks in Paris and reports from eyewitnesses there, BBC social media editor Mark Frankel writes that skills in verifying user-generated content are something more people in newsrooms need to know. Frankel writes: “There’s little doubt that the sourcing and verification of UGC will remain a vital part of our news operations for the foreseeable future. … In an age where an understanding of social media content and conversation is an integral part of every journalist’s toolkit, there’s a strong argument for ALL news journalists to have some level of UGC training and expertise.”

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