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EJC Releases Free Verification Handbook for Newsrooms

verificationhandbookNo one likes to make mistakes. Especially during a crisis and in a digital world like ours when it’s easier to make them and easier to find yourself in serious ethical trouble for it.

There’s finally a guide for all of that. This week, the Emergency Journalism Centre released their Verification Handbook, available for free on the web and soon in downloadable form. The Handbook was edited by Poynter’s ‘Regret the Error’ editor Craig Silverman, and compiled by a team of working journalists and media industry thought leaders, like Steve Buttry, Mathew Ingram, Anthony De Rosa, among many others.

The Handbook is useful for everyone (did you retweet that story about Elan Gale on a plane?). But it’s tailored for journalists reporting on emergencies or disasters, when information flows faster than usual, making it hard to triple check your work and get it posted. Think about the Boston Marathon bombing last year and how we were glued to our Twitter accounts for information. There are chapters on verifying, yes, social media accounts, but also images, video and user generated content.  There’re also a ‘Verification Checklist’ for newsrooms and chapters specific to preparing and implementing disaster coverage. My favorite part? The chapter on how to best ‘use the crowd’. Everyone throws ‘crowdsourcing’ around very easily, but it’s a skill and if it’s done improperly, your newsroom will be sorry for it.

You can read the handbook here and follow the EJC at @EJC.

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How Will Journos Remember 2013?

hourglass1This year will be remembered for many things in the media world other than twerking. It was the year of the listicle. The year of the internet hoax making headlines. And, in my mind, the year that we came to terms with native advertising.

Last year, when I started writing for this blog, one of my first posts covered the Atlantic’s Scientology advertising debacle. Time moves so fast, we could almost call it the classic native advertising misstep.

As the year comes to a close, Sharethrough, a leading native content distribution firm, released a report that shows that most native campaigns don’t really go viral. And isn’t that supposed to be the point?

Of course, this doesn’t have to mean anything.  Along with coming to terms about how publishers can many money on the web, another standout feature of the media industry this year is a little rationalism. In the efforts to stay up on the Twitter rat race, I find fellow journos and media thinkers to be a little calmer than they were last year. Maybe that’s because we all fell for viral hoaxes, or are eating our words about Buzzfeed. If anything, here’s to learning from our 2013 mistakes in 2014.

What’s your favorite 2013 highlight? Tweet us @10000Words or share in the comments!

H/t AdWeek.com