Verification in the newsroom: digital newsgathering with confidence

Monitoring and checking user-generated content has become an integral part of all newsroom operations. With the rise in so-called fake news, it is important to understand how these skills may help the industry find solutions.

This masterclass 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.

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

  • Journalists and editors

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?
  • Gain an insider's view on the Eurovision UGC verification network


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: Electionland, monitoring and verifying large events
Case study 2: Eurovision UGC verification network followed by a "hands-on" session in the newsroom
Module 4: Summary and action points

Case studies


Electionland was a collaborative project held during the US elections to look at and report on voting access across the country on Election Day and the days leading up to it. Fergus Bell who took an active part in the project will tell how it worked and what are the lessons learned



Eurovision News Exchange has expanded the User-Generated Content Verification Network (UGCVN). Originally a group of 80 members existing on WhatsApp, the UGCVN has recently moved to Slack, giving its now 200 members and Eurovision News journalists a collaborative work-space to discover, verify and package content from the social web for purpose. Derek Bowler will present the UGCVN. Participants will get a chance to visit the Eurovision newsroom and get a hands-on understanding of the tools being used.



01 - 02 juin 2017


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

Date limite d'inscription

31 mai 2017

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  • 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

Eurovision UGCVN discount:

  • Members of the Eurovision UGC verification network benefit from a 25% discount on the Master Class fee
    (EUR 562.50 instead of EUR 750)

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

Payment and cancellation policy


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

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

Langues de travail



Hélène Rauby-Matta
Responsable Développement - Formation des Membres
+41 22 717 24 21

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