Authors behind the recent Tow Center report on user-generated content aim to establish tools and best practice for the use of eyewitness media
The combination of camera phones and social media has provided an unprecedented stream of images and video around breaking news events in recent years.
However, the phenomenon raises serious ethical and legal questions in terms of the content, context, rights ownership and verification of such media.
Research from the initial report found that, while UGC was used on a daily basis by news organisations, 72 per cent was not credited or labeled, a figure that rose to 84 per cent in television broadcasts.
In some instances, broadcasters go so far as to remove a credit when the content creator added their own labelling to the image, as highlighted in a blog post accompanying the announcement.