This article is cross posted from IJnet.org.
Verifying the accuracy of social media information is a must for journalists, especially during breaking news events.
Social technology nonprofit Meedan realized the importance of verification while translating social media content between Arabic and English during the Arab Spring, said the organization’s research and communications director Tom Trewinnard.
The challenge of fact-checking info from social media on the fly gave rise to Meedan’s idea for an open source, online verification toolkit for journalists. The result is “Checkdesk,” a feature-rich, live-blogging platform that makes it easy for newsrooms to embed verified social media content into their reporting. It allows journalists to attach a status like "Verified," "False," or "In progress" to a piece of media and collaborate with readers or community members to help in verifying the information.