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$:/STARTFEED. Now it is time for Newswatch with present 24/7. --


Samira Ahmed. Welcome to Newswatch with me,


Samira Ahmed. Have both sides of the Scottish independence debate


been getting a fair hearing? And we ask Lyse Doucet what the


rise of social media means for traditional TV reporting? How she


journalists Highness this new resource? -- how it should


journalists Highness of this new resource?


Some of the details about the referendum on Scottish independence


were announced this week, and the issue was discussed on many


programmes. Those included Thursday night's


Question Time. Scores of viewers contacted the BBC complaining that


one side of the debate got more of an ailing then the other. Among


them was Alastair Wright from Scotland also featured in one of


this week's football World Cup qualifying matches. Not that you


would know -- have known much about it according to a pure Michael


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 65 seconds


We asked BBC news for a response to Let us know your thoughts on the


issues we are covering it in this week's programme. Details of how to


contact us at the end of the programme.


Last weekend at there was an unusual new competitor in the


Sunday night's ratings. Millions of people watched coverage of Felix


Baumgartner's fall to earth on YouTube. Meanwhile, pollsters and


analysts watched Facebook to follow the BBC -- the American at


presidential debate. And Nick Griffin has been criticised by


police after leaking the address of the gay couple refused a broom by a


bed-and-breakfast. Some Newswatch viewers believe an


obsession with the social media is That is the perspective of a couple


of viewers, but what has the development of social media meant


for the traditional reporter? Last week the BBC's chief international


correspondent Lyse Doucet posed that question.


Do we take to our trenches and say we are bigger and better, or do we


joined forces with the social media revolution, and say that we are all


on the same side? Do we admit defeat in this age old battle to be


first with the news? To the answer, ladies and gentlemen, is about


nothing less than our own survival. Lyse Doucet addressing the great


and the good of the television industry. She joins us now from


Brussels. If you have talked about journalists needing to embrace


social media to avoid being obsolete. How far has it made news


coverage better for viewers? would describe our job as trying to


get as close to the truth as quickly as possible. I would say it


is obvious that we should embrace social media. You have a source of


information which like any source of infra -- information has to be


verified, but it provides you with a tip offs, and access to the


officials that are part of the stories, so why would we not try to


be part of this endless stream of information it it is out there and


available to us? Are real concern that listeners and viewers have is


how they feel things like Twitter and Facebook are intruding into


coverage. They talk about journalism on the cheap, where


journalists are reading out tweets instead of authenticating stories.


One blogger and recently did not turn out to be a Serbian woman but


a Scottish man blogging from Scotland. -- but Syrian woman.


There is a need for scepticism, but our job is to be there on the


ground at speaking to absolutely everyone who go and help us tell


the story. There are times we cannot be everywhere. You get very


few visas to go in through Damascus, I am one of the few people who has


been able to go in, and going in with activists on rebels without a


visa is dangerous, so therefore we have to see what other information


is coming through, whether it is on a YouTube or Facebook or Twitter.


How do you authenticate it? If you are not there. We now have a whole


hull but which is called the user generated content hob. They have


come up with the a rigorous check list, checking the weather,


checking what is known about the location, checking voices and audio,


before it goes out on death. Nothing goes on air before it is


verified, -- before it goes out on death. Do you think there is a


pressure on the BBC to run stuff about what -- perhaps always


carrying out all the cheques he would have in the days before


social media, because everybody else is doing it? The only pressure


should be to get the story by it. There is the pressure to be first


with the story, but it is better to be second and wrong -- second and


right, but second and wrong. -- than this first and wrong. I invite


everyone to come and see a our dedicated team of journalists which


is going through all those videos, and there is also our viewers and


listeners telling us what they think of our coverage and sometimes


adding to it. We have to exercise the same journalistic standards


that we do what every other aspect of the job. We have to move with


the times. Technology is offering as new opportunities, but we have


to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks.


Looking to the future, do you think social media will take over from


the role of the traditional news bulletin? I do not think so,


because we have been told time and time again that what matters the


most is a story and the storyteller. And also trust and credibility.


Therefore people keep turning to us to say, and I have seen this


information and heard these rumours - let me see what the BBC, our


correspondent I trust, is saying, let me make sense of the story and


why it matters. I think we still have a purpose, people are still


turning to us, but if we are not dare telling the story as well as


possible, people will turn elsewhere.


As the US presidential election approaches, we are hearing more and


more reporting from America, but has that country infected did


Thank you for your comments this week. If you want to share your


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