Head of News: This Week’s News
This week saw the tragic story of Flight MS804, which vanished on Thursday while travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board.
Our newsdesk is made up of journalists trained to respond to shocking events like this and, as a result, we were able to provide news organisations with footage of the same aircraft taking off from Amsterdam Airport in July 2012.
By providing this video to news organisations, we were able to complement coverage of a tragic but significant news event, which is still unfolding as I write. The search for debris and further clues as to what happened to the aircraft is ongoing.
A Newsflare journalist was able to use a number of verification and cross-referencing techniques to establish that the plane featured in the video was indeed the same aircraft that disappeared on Thursday.
The video was made available to us by an existing Newsflare member, a plane spotter who we established a relationship with in January of this year.
This again illustrates the important role members of the public can play in video news coverage, one of the many reasons Newsflare came into existence in the first place.