Make the most of open journalism with this essential primer in finding, investigating and reporting stories with social media
Online communities have created vast global reserves of specialised information – a priceless resource for journalists, providing you have the right tools and skills to tap into it. Award-winning Guardian investigative reporter Shiv Malik leads this dynamic course showing journalists and bloggers how to find, investigate and verify major stories via social media.
You'll master the essential techniques and apps to find facts, footage and eyewitness reports from around the world, from how to ask communities the right questions, to digital forensics skills which enable you to geo-locate video sources or spot hoaxes. With guest tutors including Claire Wardle of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism and Guardian community coordinator Carmen Fishwick, this hands-on masterclass covers everything you need to know to join the vanguard of the open journalism revolution.
This course is for you if...
- You're an experienced journalist who wants to expand their digital skillset or information-gathering abilities
- You're a blogger or aspiring journalist and want to open up new channels to find potential stories
This intensive one-day course offers a complete overview of how journalists can engage with online communities to find, build, report and verify stories, with sessions from some of the Guardian's senior open journalism experts. Topics covered include:
- How the Guardian uses different social platforms – and the benefits of each
- How to present news stories for use on social media
- The tools and skills needed to create and visualise stories – and how the Guardian is using Instagram
- Using Google forms to gather data from a community
- Issuing a callout – how to ask the right questions to get the answers you need
- Finding and searching databases
- Verifying the veracity of socially-gathered information
- Geotagging and using map apps to geo-locate video footage
- Tracking down the digital footprint of an uploader
- What you can learn from metadata
- How to assimilate social skills with your regular journalistic procedure
- How to make your work shareable – and even viral
- How to encourage a community to get involved and keep an investigation alive
PLEASE NOTE: Attendees will be required to bring along laptops and/or smartphones to take part in some sessions of this course.
Shiv Malik is an investigative journalist and the co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth. Shiv started his career after winning a bursary from the Guardian's Scott Trust and went on to write for the New Statesman, Sunday Times and the Independent on Sunday among others. He is also co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation, which seeks to find solutions to economic imbalances between those of different age groups in society. You can see Shiv's work for the Guardian here.
Claire Wardle is a Research Fellow at the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, New York, working on a major research project on User Generated Content and television news. She started her career at Cardiff University, but took what she thought would be a short break to design the social media training programme for the BBC in 2009. Since then she has been training journalists around the world on social news gathering and verification, including a year working with the social media news agency Storyful. Claire has a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carmen Fishwick works on the news community team at the Guardian. Her time is spent building online communities and incorporating readers' voices into the Guardian's journalism. She launches the Guardian on new social platforms and is currently exploring the way the news is presented on social media. You can see her work for the Guardian here.
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