We are AP’s social media editors and we want to talk about the role citizen journalism and user-generated content has in reporting major stories. Ask us anything!
We are AP Social Media Editors Fergus Bell (fergbell) and Eric Carvin (ecarvin). The AP has established strict standards about verifying content we get from non-professional journalists that makes it into the AP report. We have also implemented a policy to only run user-generated content (UGC) when we have permission from the creator and to credit those people whenever it is possible to do so. What standards do you think are important when reporting using user-generated content? Should people always be credited? How far do you trust amateur videos or photos when you see them in the news?
Ask us anything about UGC at the AP. Hopefully you don’t mind if we also ask you a few questions back.
EDIT With so many questions we are going to extend this for another half hour until 1730 GMT/1.30p EDT. Thanks for your patience, we will try to answer as many as we can.
EDIT Thanks to everyone who asked us questions today and we are really sorry we didn't get to all of them. We would love to do this again sometime to continue the conversation. AP has been without its social media editors for more than two and a half hours now and we need to get back to our respective newsrooms. Thanks Reddit!