Witness In The News

  • For Activists—and Manti Te'o—New Protection Against Internet Fakes

    January 29, 2013 - Bloomberg Businessweek

    Bloomberg Businessweek explains the advantages of InformaCam for diverse populations--including citizen journalists and football players with fictional girlfriends. 

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  • Citizen Video: A Primer for Reporters

    January 23, 2013 - Knight Digital Media Center

    Madeleine Bair, curator of WITNESS's Human Rights Channel, outlined what journalists need to know about citizen video in the first half of a blog series for the Knight Digital Media Center. Her knowledge will also be integrated into a KDMC training for journalists. 

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  • Harvard's Nieman Lab Profiles WITNESS's InformaCam

    January 22, 2013 - Nieman Journalism Lab

    Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab profiled the InformaCam app, focusing on its ability to validate videos for journalistic use, and to avoid cases where fake videos catch the world's attention and are later discredited. The article also notes that InformaCam recently won the prestigous Knight News Challenge. 

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  • A Journalist’s Best Friend? New App To Verify Authenticity Of Photos, Videos And Audio In Development

    January 22, 2013 - Mediaite

    Mediaite profiled WITNESS's work on InformaCam, noting that WITNESS "encourages citizens to document human rights abuses around the world [and] is developing an app which will not only make it easier for them to do so, but may also save a lot of journalists a lot of headache." 

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  • WITNESS Ranked #52 of Top 100 NGOs

    January 22, 2013 - The Global Journal

    WITNESS shot up 31 spots to #52 on the Global Journal ranking. Organizations were considered based on three key criteria: impact, innovation, and sustainability.

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  • UN Dispatch Highlights WITNESS Blog on Mali

    January 18, 2013 - United Nations Dispatch

    The United Nations Dispatch, a 'UN Commentary and Global News Forum' recently distributed a WITNESS blog, written by guest blogger Christoph Koettl of Amnesty USA, on its daily newsletter. The blog discusses the difficulties in finding citizen video coming out of societies with lesser technological penetration.

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  • A New Class of Knight News Challenge Winners Focuses on Mobile in the Developing World

    January 17, 2013 - Nieman Lab

    WITNESS is showcased along other 2013 winners of the Knight News Challenge. The article points out that Knight seems to be moving away from focusing on innovation in in traditional Western media and toward the developing world. 

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  • Knight News Challenge Funds Videography App with Built-in Verification Data

    January 17, 2013 - Poynter

    The author quotes Knight Foundation Director of Journalism and Media Innovation John Bracken as saying, “Clearly the spread of citizen-generated, amateur-driven content is here to stay. But we still have not developed the mechanisms and tools for understanding that content, verifying that content, feeling comfortable about using that content." 

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  • The Reverse McAfee: Why Witness won $320k from the Knight Foundation

    January 17, 2013 - Pando Daily

    "When oppressive forces are only too willing to manipulate digital data and photographs for their own nefarious ends, the value of verification becomes ever more crucial." Daily Pando interviews Bryan Nunez on InformaCam, and how it could help citizen journalists and mainstream journalists. 

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  • Meet the Mobile Media Projects That Just Won $2.4 Million

    January 17, 2013 - All Things Digital

    This sibling publication of the Wall Street Journal profiles the winners of the Knight News Challenge, and explains how mobile technology was the theme uniting them. 

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2004 - 2008 Social Capitalist Award

 
Fast Company named WITNESS one of 45 recipients of a Social Capitalist Award for five straight years....

2007 National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Humanitarian Award

 
The National Television Academy awarded its first-ever Humanitarian Award to WITNESS for its use of...

2007 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award

 
The New York Times recognized WITNESS with its Excellence in Communication Award for its use of open...

2007 American Express Building Leadership Award

 
The American Express Building Leadership Award seeks non-profit organizations that place emphasis on...

2007 One World Media Award

 
The One World Broadcasting Trust recognized WITNESS with a New Media award for its work in launching...

2006 Webby Award Official Honoree

 
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2005 Schwab Social Entrepreneur

 
The Schwab Foundation searches for leading social entrepreneurs around the world. In 2005, Schwab named...

2004 - 2008 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

 
The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship supported WITNESS’s work in documenting human rights...

2003 Tech Museum Equality Award

 
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2011 SIPA Global Leadership Award

 
SIPA’s Global Leadership Award recognizes WITNESS for its work of empowering citizens to...

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