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    With its Facebook Watch news show, Alabama’s Reckon wants to make a national audience care about local news
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    Nov. 23, 2015, noon
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    LINK:   |   Posted by: Laura Hazard Owen   |   November 23, 2015

    Some news startups, like and , are built around social media and user-generated content, with reporters trained in verifying and reporting from it. But journalists in most newsrooms don’t receive the same training, which can make it difficult to spot and then accurately report on emerging stories.

    In September, Facebook announced Signal, a dashboard to help reporters gather news across Facebook and Instagram. And on Monday, a group called the First Draft Coalition is launching a website, , that will pull together resources for gathering, verifying and creating stories from user-generated content.

    The First Draft Coalition launched in June with seven partners — , , , , , , and — . The Coalition , and the website offers the following:

    …industry news, case studies, how-to guides, tools, training resources, interactives and multimedia features exploring the crossroads between journalism and the social web.

    As well as keeping up to date with this new field of journalism, First Draft News will provide guides to help journalists better understand social newsgathering, verification techniques, ethics and the law, in-depth investigations, fakes and hoaxes, and other issues affecting the modern newsroom.

    , the site’s managing editor, plans to publish a couple of new pieces of content every day. “The foundation of good journalism is the same, but it’s a new world, and it’s not always easy to adapt and bring that conversation together,” he said. “We can navigate this minefield collectively.”

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