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An easier way to find user-generated content on Instagram: Instagram’s search feature is now available on the web

Instagram’s overhauled search feature rolled out to its website yesterday, making it easier for users to search by hashtag, location or account. While an Instagram spokesperson said the update is not designed specifically for news organizations, journalists will no longer be restricted to a smartphone when looking for user-generated content on Instagram. Some notable features […]

How two projects are taking on immigration in Europe through crowdsourcing and data journalism

Two projects in Europe are covering the influx of African migrants into Italy, one through crowdsourcing and one through data journalism. Italy’s Migranti collects and publishes “positive stories of integration and solidarity,” and anyone can submit articles, photos or videos to the project. The Migrants Files, a pan-European project, is taking a data-driven approach by […]

LSU students develop an app to share videos of violent police encounters with newsrooms

At LSU, a senior software engineering student teamed up with a senior journalism student to develop an app where people can submit photos or videos of questionable police behavior to newsrooms. Called Police Officer Watchdog Event Reporter or POWER for short, the app is now available on Android devices, and the creators are planning on […]

A British newspaper relaunches with a focus on printing content from readers

A relaunch of U.K. newspaper Burton Mail is bringing more pages and extra sections, but the newspaper’s editor Emma Turton is emphasizing the role of readers in the newspaper’s future. With the relaunch and redesign, Turton says the staff will be able to create more interesting pages and give readers more of a voice. An […]

Can newsrooms be ethical and also competitive when using user-generated content?

Social media and smartphones give anyone the power to be a source in a story, but that opportunity also comes with challenges. Sources’ intentions aren’t always clear, and verifying the accuracy of the content is essential, but getting something up early and first can get in the way of verification. Panelists discussing the topic at […]

How The New York Times approaches writing headlines for different platforms

When search engines weren’t picking up New York Times headlines several years ago because they lacked keywords, the NYT began to rethink the way it adapts its lyrical and clever headlines for digital platforms. Patrick LaForge, who oversees copy editors at the NYT, says: “We’ve come to understand that it didn’t always serve the readers […]

The move from user-generated content to user-generated data

Formerly of the Associated Press, Fergus Bell has spent “much of [his] career focusing on the value of user-generated content to the news industry and then more recently shifting that focus onto the ethics that guide its use.” Up next, he says, is how journalists can better connect journalism to devices and the user-generated data […]

Brown Moses launches crowdsourced tracking of troops in Ukraine and makes the project embeddable for all

Eliot “Brown Moses” Higgins has no professional journalism training but started Bellingcat to build on his and others’ work with real-time verification. The latestproject is a crowdsourced database of military activity in Ukraine. Instead of hosting the project only on Bellingcat, Higgins and his team are taking the more open approach of making the data […]

What to look out for before sharing reports from social media

BBC News social media editor Chris Hamilton shares some useful tips for dealing with suspicious user-generated content. His tips boil down to three main things: The starting point for UGC verification is to talk to the source, then asking is if the video or photo is too good to be true, and finally, taking note […]

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