NEWS & JOURNALISMDepartment / Unit Academy Media

Verification in the newsroom: digital newsgathering with confidence

This Master Class will equip you with both the knowledge and skills that you need in the newsroom to use digital sources fast, accurately and ethically, whether from political campaigns, natural disasters, war or conflict. You will also understand how these skills may be used to face the new editorial challenges.

In practical workshops, scenario-based training, facilitated discussions, and guides to the best tools and technologies, you will learn the building blocks of workable digital newsgathering workflows and verification processes for your own newsrooms.

Who it's for

  • Head of news
  • Head of digital
  • Journalist, reporter
  • News producer
  • Editor
  • Documentalist

What you'll learn

  • UGC sourcing and verification: source, check and publish/broadcast UGC. Understand the tools
  • Apply ethical and legal best practices to maintain good engagement and trust from your audiences.
  • Forensic UGC verification: how to set up social media monitoring.
  • What is 'fake news' and how can newsrooms combat it?


Day 1: from 13:00 to 18:00
Day 2: from 09:00 to 13:00

Content outline

Module 1: Social media and UGC verification
Module 2: Fake News
Exercise: Breaking news scenario
Module 3: Ethics and legal best practice
Case study 1: Eurovision UGCVN
Module 4: Pop-up newsroom projects
Exercise 2: Mini pop-up newsroom
Summary and action points

Case studies


Pop-Up Newsroom is an innovation framework to develop efficient and ethical social newsgathering
In both the UK General elections case and the Documenting Hate case, the projects brought together students, journalists, technologists and industry experts. Together they created an experimental newsroom to explore ways in which they could find and verify stories using social media as their primary source.
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Faculty member


09 - 10 Nov 2017


EBU Headquarters
L'Ancienne-Route 17A
1218 Le Grand-Saconnex / Geneva

Registration Deadline

08 Nov 2017

Registration details


  • 1st participant: EUR 750
  • 2nd participant from same company (25% discount): EUR 562.50
  • Additional participants from same company (50% discount): EUR 375 per person

The price includes tuition, course material and coffee breaks. It does not include any other meals, travel or hotel costs.

Payment and cancellation policy


EBU Academy do not make hotel reservations. However, we have negotiated competitive rates with some of the hotels near the EBU and the city centre. Please contact the hotel of your choice directly.

Hotels offering special rates for the EBU/Eurovision (pdf)

Working languages


Contact detail

Hélène Rauby-Matta
Business Development Manager
+41 22 717 24 21

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