The fall of MH17, told through social media
Fascinating account from Storyful about their social media verification work around the downing of flight MH17:
In the aftermath of the attack, the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal affairs released the video below, described as showing a ‘Buk’ anti-aircraft missile system being transported in eastern Ukraine, en route to the Russian border. The footage is not the original, however we believe that the first instance of this footage was removed by the uploader and the version below is the earliest we can find. Ukrainian Interior Minister, Arsen Avakov, made early claims that the video was filmed in the Ukrainian town of Krasnodon near the Russian border, however collaborative geo-location was able to place the footage in southwestern Luhansk.
This really is one of the new frontiers of serious journalism, and one that’s only growing in importance.
(Which is, of course, why we teach it as part of the Interactive Journalism MA at City…)
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