Verifying Online Video
I recently read a short article on the Online Journalism Blog called Verifying Video and Other Information-Crowdsourcing site Bellingcat now open.
The article talks about how a site called Bellingcat, once accesible only to those who donated to the site, is now open to the entire world wide web. The website is ran by conflict blogger Eliot Higgins and has several articles and videos on how to verify information that journalist may find online.
Take for example, a journalist finds a video of bombs being dropped out of the back of a helicopter and wants to find out where the video is from. Higgins has articles on how to Geolocate video by using what you can see, such as aerial shots of a town or landscape.
This is important to future journalists because of the amount of information that is on the internet during this technological age of media. Journalist can use Higgins’ methods to verify where video was shot and also items that might be in the video. Below is a video posted on youtube that shows how he uses his methods to verify information on these internet videos.
Instead of reading through all of his methods, this video shows a crash course on how he has verified information using them in the past. It’s very interesting to see the master of verifying video in action himself.
So, if you have some video you found online that you want to verify for a news story, check out Bellingcat for ways to do so.
Hackers Gonna Hack
Another article I read was from PBS Newshour called The roots of “Anonymous,” the infamous online hacking community.
I found this article to be rather interesting because of a couple of hacks that have gained national attention in the past few weeks. One being the crisis in Ferguson, where Anonymous hacked the police department and released the name of an officer saying he was who shot Michael Brown, when in fact he was not the man at all. The other was the recent leak of photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence (most of which the actress was nude in).
I feel like hacking is very important to future journalists because if Anonymous or any hackers for that matter can attack city governments and celebrities, they can easily get their hands on information that journalists have or information on journalists themselves.
Let’s say you’re working on a story that is very controversial, and you say something that offends a lot of people, and a few of which are hackers. What’s stopping them from leaking information about you like your address, phone number, spouse or kids names?
Take the Ferguson story for example, KSDK Channel 5 showed the officer’s house who shot Michael Brown on live TV shortly after his name was released. This caused outrage throughout the city of St. Louis and some people wanted the KSDK executives personal info released. Now as far as i know, that never happened, but you could see how it could potentially get out.
Class This Week
I’ve got a lot of experience when it comes to shooting and editing, but when it comes to writing stories for newscast, I’m still a bit wet behind the ears.
Shooting and editing our practice packages was a breeze for me, but I struggled a little bit writing the script for the story. Going into next week I hope to improve on script writing and just writing for news in general. That’s a big part of a newscast and if you write a crappy script or tease, your newscast will most likely follow suit.
One thing I learned about that was interesting and exciting for me was stand ups in a package. I love working behind the scenes, but have always had a natural ability to be in front of the camera and look like I know what I’m doing.