Key steps in the social verification process

In the 2017 First Quarter IRE Journal, Fergus Bell of Dig Deeper Media wrote about lessons from Electionland, one of the largest social newsgathering operations ever performed over the course of one day. More than 600 journalism students and experienced journalists worked together to monitor and verify social content around indicators of voter suppression on…

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Tools and techniques for using geolocation in your next investigation

By Katie Le Dain If you go to your iPhone and head to the privacy settings, you’ll find a switch that asks you whether you want your location services “on” or “off.” At Friday morning’s geolocation session at the annual IRE Conference, panelists talked about how cell phones can track when this button is turned…

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Social media proves stronger than print during Ukraine protests

This post was originally published at Newsroom by the Bay By Elijah Akhtarzad The Investigative Reporters and Editors conference held at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on June 27 included a first-hand account of the YanukovychLeaks discovery from journalists Olesya Ivanova and Denys Bigus. Both reporters were on the scene at Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s home…

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The New Cold War Between the Media and National Security Establishment

Josh Meyer, IRE Board member and director of education and outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative,  wrote today about tension between the media and the national security establishment for the initiative’s website: Is this really the worst time ever to be a journalist covering national security issues, especially in Washington? Maybe the best…

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Sorting through chaos — analyzing Twitter data

By Anna Boiko-Weyrauch@AnnaBoikoW Tweets are tempting but tricky for data journalists. “Twitter data is probably some of the hardest data you can work with,” Jacob Harris, senior software architect at The New York Times, said at the “Capturing and analyzing Twitter feeds” session. Harris said tweets are hard to collect and analyze, and the tools available at dev.twitter.com are not…

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Mining social networks

By Jessica Pupovac @jessicapupovac One of the best things about social media for journalists, Doug Haddix said, is that most people don’t understand what’s private and what isn’t. “Too bad for them. But good for us.” Haddix said during his presentation on social media sleuthing. Haddix, who is the Director of the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio State…

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