Facebook and Twitter are among the organizations to join the First Draft Partner Network, which is aimed at improving practices in reporting and sharing online news.
Google News Lab is a founding member of the First Draft Coalition, and its media partners are:
- ABC News (Australia)
- Agence France-Presse
- Aljazeera Media Network
- American Press Institute
- Amnesty International
- Breaking News
- BuzzFeed News
- Channel 4 News
- Duke Reporters’ Lab
- European Journalism Centre
- Eurovision News Exchange
- France Info
- International Business Times UK
- International Fact Checking Network
- InVID Project
- Les Décodeurs
- The New York Times
- Reveal Project
- The Telegraph
- The Washington Post
The First Draft Coalition was formed in June 2015, and it provides training resources, case studies and regular blog posts authored by founding coalition members including Bellingcat, Dig Deeper Media, Emergent, Storyful, Reportedly, Meedan, Verification Junkie and Eyewitness Media Hub, with support from Google News Lab.
According to First Draft, the next few months will bring initiatives including a “train the trainer” program, a collaborative verification platform and a voluntary code of verification practice.
First Draft said in a release:
Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Periscope are central to how news is now discovered, reported and distributed. The partner network will 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.
Managing director Jenni Sargent added:
First Draft already works so closely with both news organizations and social platforms that we feel uniquely positioned to coordinate efforts and facilitate real progress in tackling some of the key challenges facing journalists and their audiences.
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