Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Roundtable: Verifying user-generated content

Have you ever wondered how CNN verifies the constant flow of information, images and video on social media and iReport to get them on air and online? If so, you’re in luck.

In our August roundtable, CNN iReport’s senior producer, Katie Hawkins-Gaar and CNN Digital News editor Justin Lear discuss how CNN sorts through what’s real and what’s not -- including the back story on one of the most incredible iReports of 2012.

How can you tell if a photo is real or manipulated? What technology is used to determine authenticity? What kind of questions do we ask during the vetting process? We cover all of these topics and more. Watch the video below.

43 Comments
August 6, 2013
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Sounds good. I miss the weekly roundtable. This should be of interest for everyone, especially those who wonder how the vetting process works. Thanks for the heads up.

August 7, 2013
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Thanks - do you have any questions for the group?

August 7, 2013
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Does the Team and CNN look primarily for text with original image reports or prefer video in order to be vetted?

 

While picture assignments would be images versus video, for a text assignment for vetting purposes would a self-image be better than a generic, royalty-free image off the web?

 

As a rule, what is the maximum time a video should run for vetting purposes?

 

Hope these are useful as starter questions for the discussion.

August 9, 2013
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What happens when a person gut disagrees with the facts presented.

August 9, 2013
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Looking forward to learning more about this topic.  I do have questions about model releases.  What are the rules and regulations of photographing crowds and celebrity events?  When you are shooting protests and get the picture of a crowd, it's impossible to ask each and every person for permission to use their photo.  Thanks.

August 9, 2013
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Will try to make the roundtable.  I'd love to ask how how Team iReport is able to collectively juggle iReports from all over the world, from so many different iReporters.  Also keen to learn more about how Youtube videos and other videos from social media at large are vetted for use on CNN.  Thanks!

August 10, 2013
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Why don't you vet more?

August 13, 2013
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第一参加和得知有这样神交场合。大家喜欢一些什么样的话题?像我的经历,是不是大家感兴趣的呢?今天,是我为了解决因为未能如期在1995年3月内从所在企业取回36500元工资报酬而发生的事的第18年4个月又13个昼夜的日子。第一次知道有这个表达自己经历的地方。不知大家得知后会有何感想?类似的事我曾从茨威格的《人类的群星闪耀时》的《黄金国的发现》中的知。此事,发生在1佰多年前的美国旧金山。书中记载的美国人比如今的野蛮多了!不知谁也看过此书的此篇章?是否同意我的看法?

August 13, 2013
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I love the travel photos of the day that people submit for the iReports feature. Would the editors consider doing a nature photo or a family photo of the day sometimes to vary it up a bit?

August 13, 2013
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Greetings from Illinois!#cnnverify How does CNN iReport archive user-generated photos and media iReports?

August 13, 2013
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3 p.m. and here and ready to interact with other community members and the iReport Team. Good afternoon!

August 13, 2013
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My question has more to do with after a story is vetted. I've noticed that lately more and more iReports are used without verbal credit given to the iReporter, other than the iReporters name on the screen. Sometimes, it's not even mentioned that it's an iReport. Why has CNN gone this direction with iReports and can something be done to change it?

August 13, 2013
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I'm here too. Hello everyone!

August 13, 2013
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Question: Lately I've been doing more photo iReports than video because frankly, it's a lot easier! But I was wondering if video iReports are preferred?

August 13, 2013
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Hello all.

August 13, 2013
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Is this the right place?

August 13, 2013
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Question: Does iReport ever plan to allow investigative type iReports? I've run into a few things I'd love to write up but haven't because it seems to me they wouldn't be vetted. Such as: Supermarkets and drugstores putting up misleading 'sale' signs; Post Office online carrier service and the problems I've encountered with it lately.. (Really horrible customer service, run arounds with bots on the phone, etc.) I know these kinds of stories make the local news as human interest or informative stories...

August 13, 2013
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Hi Katie, I'm here.

August 13, 2013
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When my stories are vetted I am usually asked (via email) to answer questions that I've addressed and answered in the story submitted with the photos or videos. This kinda drives me nuts. Why do producers do that? It makes me feel like they didn't read the story I've taken so much trouble to write.

August 13, 2013
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Twitter and the like do not count as reliable news sources.  I hate reading articles with all too familiar line such as: 'random_user_1 commented on twitter: I like example_A. However, random_user_2 posted: I don't like example_A on twitter.  It seems like the American people are split when it comes to example_A'.  Twitter is not a credible reflection of how the general public feels!  Reporters need to step up, do the work, and conduct valid research and interviews as opposed to just copying and pasting what they see on twitter!

August 13, 2013
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Prefer the old format for roundtables using the blog here when there was more actual interaction with iReporters and the iReport Team. No actual interaction using Google Hangout. But maybe it's just me.

August 13, 2013
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Ryn

Agreed k3vsDad. Spending more time refreshing and losing a lot of conversation.

 

August 13, 2013
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Thanks CNN iReport! This was an interesting and fun format. It beats the chat format by a mile.

August 13, 2013
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Ryn and k3vsdad, you don't really have to refresh unless you're posting a comment or question and it that case it's unavoidable. But I figured the producers would be picking the questions to answer and I could read the comments afterwards. That worked out well for me.

August 13, 2013
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I was on Google Hangout for the video. You miss my point, mcintron. It is the interaction I miss. There is none using Google Hangout. There was a lot of interaction using the chat feature here on the blog. Interacting directly (well not directly, but responding close to real time) with iReporters by the iReport Team during a roundtable is much better than hearing a lecture with some submitted questions being answered in my opinion.

August 13, 2013
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Ryn

Maybe a good combination of both. Took some time to get the kinks out of the original roundtable. I am sure this will work out and be better for everyone.  Just like the personal interaction.

 

August 13, 2013

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August 13, 2013
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I miss David Williams,

 

I had been posting many things from Sri Lanka like the Perahara Elephant parade but it was never looked into this was last year, why is that?  But a tourist who is an ireporter who had uploaded this same this, the Perahara, it was looked into and vetted. ;(

August 13, 2013
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just watched the video. thanks for sharing to us some insights behind the ireport. interesting and informative!

August 13, 2013
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I just watched this "meeting" online. Sorry that I missed it Live! But this was great, very informative. Thanks!!

August 14, 2013
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Hi all! Thanks for the comments. I'm jumping in and responding to the ones we missed.

August 14, 2013
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Question from @DaElmersBack: Why don't you vet more?

 

A: It comes down to priorities. We pick things that we feel confident we can pitch to a wider audience, whether it be on TV or online. In particular, as you’ve experienced, extraordinary weather and provocative opinions always catch our attention. We’re also balancing daily vetting with larger projects, so we might be vetting more from a particular assignment one day.

August 14, 2013
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Question from @gailpowell: Would the editors consider doing a nature photo or a family photo of the day sometimes to vary it up a bit? A: Of course! That's a nice idea. Travel Photo of the Day aligns nicely with the Travel section on CNN, which is why that's such a popular feature. Our Weekends in America assignment often feature family and nature photos.
August 14, 2013
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Question from @mcintron: My question has more to do with after a story is vetted. I've noticed that lately more and more iReports are used without verbal credit given to the iReporter, other than the iReporters name on the screen. Sometimes, it's not even mentioned that it's an iReport. Why has CNN gone this direction with iReports and can something be done to change it?

 

A: We're sorry to hear that. Our rule is to give written credit to iReporters at a minimum, but agree with you that a verbal acknowledgement is always nice too. As you can imagine, there are lots of pressures with limited air time and copy sometimes gets cut at the last minute. In breaking news, there’s a huge demand for iReporters who can be interviewed, and in that case they often get much more prominence. We'll share this feedback with our colleagues, though; thank you for bringing it up!

August 14, 2013
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Another question from @mcintron: When my stories are vetted I am usually asked (via email) to answer questions that I've addressed and answered in the story submitted with the photos or videos. This kinda drives me nuts. Why do producers do that? It makes me feel like they didn't read the story I've taken so much trouble to write.

 

A: We hear you! It's incredibly important that we get plenty of details when we vet an iReport, which is why we ask so many questions. That said, we can certainly do a better job of tailoring questions to a specific story, especially outside of breaking news! We'll be sure to communicate this when we are training new folks outside of the iReport team.

August 14, 2013
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I try to give complete info but wonder if sometimes I go long:).  Too long and need to be more succinct. Which is better for you guys? One sentence answer or longer explanation so you can pick and choose? Thank you! Great topic.

August 16, 2013
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Has America just became blind and stupid? She knew what happened and it is obvious. Just like we knew Casey Anthony had something to do with her child's death. The only reason this will probably not be investigated is because the police publicly said she was not involved (mind you this was before she posted happy pictures of her self and her new glittery nails) COME ON AMERICA! She isn't innocent just like the many others that are her age sitting in jail for killing their family. SHE JUST HAS A PRETTY FACE! It's sad our country has lowered themselves to looks and money. No wonder we have so much crime. We put people in jail with far less motives like Ryan Furgeson, He had no circumstantial evidence and hes been in prison for 10 years. I know people would like to think a 16 yr old could not commit such crime but we as a country need to stop being blind. Enough with popularity, enough with racism, enough with it all and just realize there are bad and there is good.

August 17, 2013
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Why hasn't the media in America discussed the Vatican plans to overtake the authority over King David's tomb, however it is being discussed all over the world.

August 29, 2013
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Yahoo doesn't seem to take abuse complaints seriously.

 

I am a member of a Yahoo group and recently there is an individual on the group who has been abusive and has also communicated direct terrorist threats against the personal safety of group members. This individual's actions are clearly in violation of Yahoo Terms of Service and Group Guidelines. I attempted to report

this to the group moderator and received no response. I next attempted to report this to a Yahoo email address specifically intended for reporting problems with Yahoo groups. Still no response. I then attempted to submit the abuse complaint to Yahoo using their customer support page, but that page has apparently been deliberately hobbled so that it is not possible to submit a complaint via that means. So finally, I sent my complaint by email to Yahoo headquarters in California. Even after that I did not receive any response to the complain.

 

So why does Yahoo ignore such complaints. Do they think it is preferable that someone be physically harmed or even killed by this individual before they will take any action to shut down his account?

 

I suppose that my only real recourse at this point is to start posting this complaint everywhere on the internet until someone brings it to the attention of Yahoo. That

really isn't the desirable path, but there doesn't seem to be any alternative if Yahoo will not respond to abuse complaints submitted through normal channels.

 

September 1, 2013
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I am actually here my first time and am impressed that there is a way to interact directly with CNN staff for ireports. Very cool indeed. I do not know how to get a responce from anyone of authority but I would really like to learn how to take this seriously and add my quips of knowledge to this awsome idea...

 

Anybody like to share? I am not even sure I could find my way back to this page to read a response even if you volunteered to help..

 

Thanks,

 

 

September 9, 2013
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November 28, 2013
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March 4, 2014
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早在西藏事件之前,2004年我就被选出来,2007年我转北京城,我当时什么也不知道,我估计是中国的大人物想进行某个事件。我想中国的大人物说门都没有。

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我很早就梦见我妈和我弟是冒充的,代号周永康被从越南谴返,我要被油炸了,若没遣返代号可能我也许被关起来。我叫位海燕是中国河北省保定市清苑县东吕乡南宋村人,为1区92号,现住北宋村。父亲位永祥,公公冯景章。

I know about the matter of Tibet我知道西藏的事,我叫位海燕,是中国河北省保定市清苑县东吕乡南宋村人,为1区92号,现住北宋村。父亲位永祥,公公冯景章。周永康,云南省省长,杨建国,宁夏回族自治区省长。我想大人物,我想以前打的不可开交,我想西藏的和尚和尼姑,我想有100多和尚圆寂了。我毕业于宁夏师范学院,入学在2005年,大学老师和同学人名很凑巧。南宋村人都在想。我转北京城,开始不知道怎么回事,后期知道了。巧事很多,前几年我从屋外到屋里,正看到中央电视台里胡锦涛主席抬头。  宁夏师范学院老师和同学人名很凑巧,我的老师有蒙占海,赵飞燕,杨付龙,郝伏生,张国前,马文宾~ 我弟弟在我上宁夏上大学时出意外一只眼看不见了

同学人名单:1号王伯虎,2号李宗启,3号苏东东,4号焦龙,5号付晓芬,6号王政,7号梅亮,8号马蓉,9   号米凤超,10号李强,11号吴小倩,12号王晓霞,13号牛卿,14号位海燕,就是我,15号张琳,16号佘玛丽,17号潘云,18号赵小钧  ~38号杨会,39号卜慧芬,40号蒙志宏。还有徐世前,王虎松,马殿财,杨建国,李筱,张宝童,司建舟,王玉环,马晓怡,王红娟  ,陈素云,郭晓霞,吴成渝,张煜,张淋洪。全班40个人,还有4个想不起来。我在的班是物理教育班,还有一个现代教育技术班。  我刚上宁夏上大学在火车上认识对坐两人叫成海林,宋柏明。我的身份证号是13062219840802402x。

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我叫位海燕,宁夏师范学院的老师有蒙占海,赵飞燕(在我毕业前我迷迷糊糊跑到北京转北京城告状,飞燕)杨付龙(我弟弟小名叫大龙,在我上宁夏上大学向我妈告郝伏生之前,我弟弟出意外一只眼看不见了,“杨”负了独眼龙)马文宾(马的文章)郝伏生(好伏击学生)柳小林(建立柳的小林)宋玉林(送个环绕的林同学王玉环)张国前 。物理与信息技术系物教班学生人名表:1号王伯虎(都说唐伯虎点秋香)2号李宗启(将宗室启发我爷爷假死在大年初一)3号苏东东(将东部苏醒跑到中国的东部保定)4号焦龙(焦龙与现教班王倩找对象,教大龙与王欠着)[我估计开始先告知了我的家族,我是养女,是有人打了或撞了我弟弟再告诉他让我妈高了郝伏生好进行计划]

6王政(与上一届卫霞找对象,王的政权,位瞎)7梅亮(他说他爸爸出车祸要花20万,倒霉的亮,与潘云找对象)9米凤超(宁夏银川又叫凤凰城,宁夏师范学院在固原市,我倒霉起因是到银川玩)11吴小倩(老借我钱她半途退学把钱还我了,无小欠)14位海燕,就是我(喂了大海的燕子,我后期听别的知道的)17潘云(攀上云彩,上天),18赵小钧~38杨会(“杨”都会,有个同学杨建国,“杨”建国,佯建国,两层意思。杨付龙,“杨”负了独眼龙)39号卜慧芬(不会分,让人分不清,智慧一波一波分来)40号蒙志宏(蒙着志向宏大了)还有冉隆波(染上独眼龙的风波,我因为弟弟出意外跟别人吵嘴)张煜,司建舟(司法建立诌,诌来诌去),杨建国(“杨”建国佯建国

李筱(理削,与王红娟找对象)王玉环(王的人围绕着)王晓霞(小瞎独眼龙,王知道瞎了)郭晓霞(过后知道瞎了)马殿财(马的才华)吴成渝(重庆的简称为渝,不成为重庆)张淋洪(淋红了,与佘玛丽找对象)王辉(王的辉煌)。现教班有个同学叫周优(都说越诌越幽)杨秀林(与张国明找对象“杨”建的林子,很明智)马小燕,尹娟(引导捐了)丁燕(盯着燕)张维娟(维持捐了)。我估计是大人物编的人名单,想进行一个事件。我也是毕业后回老家才发现的人名单。我一直以为告了郝伏生是个错误,我弟弟出车祸后到银川玩回来后我向我妈打电话告了郝伏生,没向学校告我不知道我妈有没有向学校告了郝伏生,反正我挨制裁了。我迷迷糊糊跑到了北京城去告状

我找北京公安局报案,好笑的是我不相信北京公安局的地理位置,所以一边买报纸,一边到各个高级机关门口问北京市公安局地址,我好傻,还想进里边告状,我就不知道有信访局。我的手机15176258387,QQ2296812216

我不懂事,要有冒犯的地方请原谅。

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