September 13, 2016

SAM Teams Up With Google’s First Collation

Almar Sheikh by Almar Sheikh

Today First Draft News announced the launch of their new partner network and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with Google, Twitter, Facebook and the many newsrooms committed to quality journalism in the social media age.

Since day one, our mission has been to provide the most robust social newsgathering and storytelling platform available, with a heavy emphasis on ensuring the proper best-practices remain an integral part of any newsroom.

We live in a time where anyone can become a publisher of content. Content is created quickly and spread even quicker. In the past, newsrooms were tasked with creating stories. Now, we challenge them to not only be creators, but also curators and validators. Because of this, an increased importance is placed on the process newsrooms use to verify information and the source from which it comes. The First Draft Partner Network is a great testament to the effort being taken to ensure the trust between newsrooms and consumers remains intact.

“With the launch of this partner network First Draft brings these people together to work on ideas and initiatives, including a train-the-trainer programme, the launch of a collaborative verification platform, and the creation of a voluntary code of practice.

This network will also create a feedback loop for representatives from each social media platform to connect with journalists and develop ideas for ways to streamline the verification process, improve the experience of eyewitnesses and increase news literacy amongst social media users.”

– First Draft

This makes us proud. Proud to be a trusted partner to many organizations in the First Draft network and work with the whole of the industry to define proper workflows for verification and sourcing. Proud that we are progressing towards standards that keep uploaders and eyewitness safe and dealt with fairly.

Confirmed partners include: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, CNN, ABC News (Australia), AJ+, ProPublica, Agence France-Presse, Channel 4 News, The Telegraph, France Info, Breaking News, Les Décodeurs, International Business Times UK, Eurovision News Exchange, SAM, Aljazeera Media Network, Reveal project, InVID project, Euronews, Sourcefabric, WITNESS, Amnesty International, European Journalism Centre, American Press Institute, International Fact Checking Network, Duke Reporters’ Lab.

See the First Draft announcement here.