Amateur Footage: A Global Study of User-Generated Content

Recommendations for Newsrooms and Journalism Schools

  • Newsrooms and journalism schools should create specific and evolving training around working with UGC to ensure (1) senior staff fully understand the challenges posed by this type of content and (2) the practical and ethical issues related to UGC are integrated into the mandatory elements of journalism curricula. This training should encompass ethical public newsgathering, advanced verification techniques, copyright law, crediting and labeling content, wording calls to action, and vicarious trauma prevention.