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Whilst covering the riots on 6th August, the BBC used photographs from social media sources without correctly identifying the people who captured the images and then displayed them on the Internet via Twitter.

The BBC Complaints department then incorrectly attested that there were no legal issues with copyright as the images were placed in the public domain.

The BBC has now taken the opportunity to clear the air and explain that this is not reflective of its policy and that it always attempt to credit the sources of images and other information gathered via social media.

In fact, the BBC has a whole department, the User Generated Content Hub, which is dedicated to finding and verifying online sources. (To read more the BBC's verification of online sources, see The Editors Weblog)

However, the BBC has now stated that it is prepared to release an image without correctly attributing its source, if the Senior Editor decides that it is in the public interest.

The 'publish first, ask questions later' approach is becoming ever more common in media, as news organization must keep abreast of the constant tide of information from social media.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-08-17 18:54

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Major news organisations have begun to embrace social media as part of their operations, acknowledging its potential as both a newsgathering tool and news outlet. But more and more news organisations are also setting boundaries for the use of social media, hoping in this way to prevent any missteps that could undermine their staffers' - or worse, the organisation's - reputation.

As a revered media giant, the BBC's social media efforts are under particular scrutiny. The British broadcaster released yesterday its updated social media guidelines.

In sum, the guidelines are in line with BBC's earlier social media policies and, according to the guidelines, can be summarised as 'don't do anything stupid'. "Most of the points do seem like common sense, but by formalizing these, BBC is minimizing the chances of a major social media faux-pas taking place", said TNW UK.

According to the BBC's The Editors blog, the guidelines consist more of "suggestions, reminders, best practice and housekeeping" than restrictive rules. The blog notes the crucial role social media "plays in breaking down barriers to engagement, opening up newsgathering networks, and as an outlet for journalism".

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Teemu Henriksson

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2011-07-15 17:41

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Twitter is the world news wire of the twenty-first century; immediate, instantaneous information from across the globe, at your finger tips at any time. Everyone knows exactly how useful microblogging can be when reporting on everything from major world events, such as natural disasters and social upheaval, to local happenings - but the challenge of real-time reporting is not gaining access to information, but rather verifying it.

This prompts the question: how best to verify news gathered from social media, particularly if official sources contradict what the twittersphere portrays as truth? As Daniel Victor reports, this was the challenge faced by reporters from the Philadelphia Daily News, when on July 4th Twitter presented journalists with news about a shooting in the city, a shooting of which the police had no knowledge.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-07-12 16:37

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The apps world is growing and growing as mobile devices are playing an even more central role in ways people consume news. Globally the apps market - which means all kind of apps, from news to games - is undoubtedly dominated by Apple, which approved this week its 500,000th app, but competitors, or rather Google's Android, are also gaining ground.

At this end the BBC News announced today, May 25th, the release of its apps for Android Market in the UK. An international version will be launched soon. The app is free of charge.

The Apple app, for iPhone and iPad, was launched in the UK last July and reached 3 million UK downloads and further 3 million internationally to date, the site claims.

"Its arrival within Android Market brings immediate access to breaking news and broadcast content to a wider 'on-the-move' audience".

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-05-25 18:34

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Trying to be fair and impartial in the news industry is a well-established goal. The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) released the Principles of Journalism several years ago, stating, "Keeping news in proportion and not leaving important things out are also cornerstones of truthfulness. Journalism is a form of cartography: it creates a map for citizens to navigate society. Inflating events for sensation, neglecting others, stereotyping or being disproportionately negative all make a less reliable map."

But can news organizations always avoid showing a bias? What details need to be added in order to present a holistic map of the story? These questions have troubled both BBC News and the New York Times in the past few weeks.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-30 13:29

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