ROLE Co-researcher, Lead Visual Design (Team of three) __
PROJECT LENGTH 8 weeks
The QUIN database is crowd sourced by photographers, reporters, and civilians who take a photo through the QUIN mobile app. The QUIN app immediately records location, date, and other metadata of the photograph to ensure that it cannot be manipulated by anyone.
TAKE PHOTOS Take verified photographs with the QUIN app and contribute to citizen journalism. Record a brief audio description of the event.
SEARCH FOR PHOTOS See the trending photographs and search using filters and hashtags. The user has access to the metadata of all photographs and is able to contact the photographer.
REQUEST PHOTOS Make a request to journalists, citizens or photographers for a verified photograph you would like taken.
WEBSITE Responsive website version for quick and immediate use of a photograph in an article.
We conducted interviews with journalists and reporters all over the world. Through research we uncovered the following insights: Photographs play a key role in the proliferation of fake news on social media as they are used as click bait, journalists use amateur images because excluding visuals would reduce the credibility of the news outlet, journalists spend a lot of time searching on Twitter and Instagram for relevant news photographs to use in their news articles.
Through our insights we mapped out the journey of a news story, and decided to focus on the following problem space: Journalists need photographs to build the credibility of their news stories within their audience. Currently, journalists encounter a lack of accessibility to verified photographs. Sourcing photographs today takes a large amount of time and effort for journalists.
OPPORTUNITY How might we create a photo sourcing experience that’s easy, efficient and credible?
IDEATION & PROTOTYPING
Over the course of this project, we realized that the ecosystem that supports unverified news articles is extremely complex. Measures need to be taken on several fronts by journalists, readers, social media companies and news agencies to combat it.