Journalists get help to discover and verify eyewitnesses on social media

Smartphone footage sourced from an eyewitness is becoming a new standard in breaking news reporting, from Ferguson to Baghdad. But with so many people recording their accounts of the events and posting them to social media, it became increasingly harder for journalists to easily access everything that is available.

“By my own estimations, there are more minutes of video coming out of Syria than there are minutes of real time. So far over five years of conflict you’ve got over five years of video as well,” Chris McNanoe, Conflict Analyst at The Carter Center wrote in a blog post.

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