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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.
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.
Thanks - do you have any questions for the group?
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.
What happens when a person gut disagrees with the facts presented.
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.
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!
Why don't you vet more?
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?
Greetings from Illinois!#cnnverify How does CNN iReport archive user-generated photos and media iReports?
3 p.m. and here and ready to interact with other community members and the iReport Team. Good afternoon!
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?
I'm here too. Hello everyone!
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?
Is this the right place?
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...
Hi Katie, I'm here.
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.
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!
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.
Agreed k3vsDad. Spending more time refreshing and losing a lot of conversation.
Thanks CNN iReport! This was an interesting and fun format. It beats the chat format by a mile.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;(
just watched the video. thanks for sharing to us some insights behind the ireport. interesting and informative!
I just watched this "meeting" online. Sorry that I missed it Live! But this was great, very informative. Thanks!!
Hi all! Thanks for the comments. I'm jumping in and responding to the ones we missed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..