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Buzzpad believes User Generated Content is the future of local news

Last October, user-generated content (UGC) helped journalists piece together the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Las Vegas shooting killed 58 and wounded hundreds more. During the horrific attack, members of the public live-streamed and shared content on social media, even while taking cover from bullets.

“We had lots of videos of people running for their lives as the attack was happening. That’s when the UGC team really came into its own,” says George.

What is UGC?

UGC can be defined simply as any video or images that are taken by non-professional camera operators. Here is a rundown of the UGC that shaped 2017:

  • “They just keep firing and firing”
  • Mexico hit by second earthquake
  • Papua New Guinea refugees protest detention conditions

Prior to the emergence of UGC, George argues that media coverage of events, such as the Las Vegas attack, would have likely been limited to police ticker tape, static images of ambulances and interviews with witnesses.

“It wouldn’t have been at the very moment when it happened,” explains Sargent. “I think to really understand the event fully you have to watch the eyewitness videos and hear the eyewitness accounts.”

Since 2014, the UGC team has transformed the news gathering process by playing an active and reactive role in breaking news situations, as well as finding viral content.

When you’re searching for social media content you see a lot of stuff which is old and you’ll see a lot of stuff that is pretending to be something it’s not.”

But we would need the user generated content or local news that is trustworthy as well as credible. We buzzpad helps you to explore the buzz about anything in real time by user generated content. Sign up today to see what’s happening around you.

The verification process

Verification is a crucial part to the news gathering process, particularly in a time when trust in the media is on the decline.

In the latest Reuters report, Bias, Bullshit and Lies, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism researchers found that social media (24 percent) is trusted less than the news media in its ability to separate fact from fiction.

Sargent’s team regularly tackle “fake news”. Being inherently suspicious and questioning a source’s agenda is part of the verification process.

“When you’re searching for social media content you see a lot of stuff which is old and you’ll see a lot of stuff that is pretending to be something it’s not.” explains George Sargent.

So buzzpad allowed users to create their story only by taking the image or buzzclip using the app and we automatically detect the location of the user while posting it. so all fake stories that are generated from Russia will no longer be created using buzzpad.

Looking to the future, Sargent says that, “to cover stories properly, journalists will have to go on to social media to do their newsgathering. In 20 years time I suspect we’ll all be multimedia journalists and we’ll be very adept at social media newsgathering.”

So buzzpad is trying to give every user with a smartphone an opportunity to create their own story and buzz it. So user generated content like news, events, tragedies, natural disasters or any of your great experiences , just snap and share the story with users of respective interests on buzzpad.

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source: reuters connect

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