Verifying User Generated Content in Iran: A “Closed Country” Workshop

  • Friday, Oct 16 – 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM ET (13:30 – 14:15 UTC)
  • Not available virtually
  • #ONA20
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Join this in-depth workshop from Voice of America to learn how its Extremism Watch Desk, VOA Persian Service and News Center editorial units — which are not permitted to operate within Iran — use open-source intelligence tools and online apps and apply situational and technical awareness to vet user-generated Iranian content.

This session is designed for:

  • Journalists working remotely with sources within Iran or other closed countries
  • News leaders looking to build out their user-generated content verification capacities
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about reporting under extreme governmental restrictions and scrutiny


Behrooz Samadbeygi
Lead Multimedia Specialist, VOA

Hasib Alikozai
Supervisory Managing Editor, VOA

Nawid Orokzai
Video Journalist, USAGM