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    Fake news and verification in news reporting

    Fergus Bell, news reporter and specialist in verification in journalism gives a talk on problems in verification of user-generated content and other kind of digital sources as social media.

    Social media and digital sources are becoming increasingly important for all news operations, knowing how to verify the content they produce and create workflows that allow you to do so with speed and accuracy is essential for any newsroom. Lessons learned from more than 10 years of verifying eyewitness media can now be turned to so-called "fake news" and may offer solutions to the problem that many are currently facing.

    During this seminar you'll be guided through verification as a process, introduced to the tools that newsrooms are using now and will use in the future, be guided through the ethical issues that plague this work and the standards needed to keep it sustainable and explore areas where research may help both journalists and audiences alike.

    The seminar will be held in English.
    As usual - coffe and pie!


    Gunnar Nygren


    Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media. In 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association bringing together news leaders from across the industry to explore ethical issues related to social media and UGC. In 2016 the ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code was launched, with support from CNN, AFP, BBC, The Guardian and others.

    Fergus has worked across both the business and editorial sides of the industry. He was the Associated Press’ first global social media and UGC editor and has played a major role in setting the current industry standards on verification. He has also led newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms.

    He founded Dig Deeper Media in 2015 and advises broadcasters and publishers across Europe on social and digital newsgathering and newsroom innovation. He also advises a number of news-focused start-ups.
    Fergus is a founding member of the Google News Lab supported First Draft News Coalition and is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

    Tid och plats

    När: onsdag 29 mars kl. 14:00-16:00

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Meeting room ME 0, at floor zero in the E-wing, main buildning, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: Journalism at the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University