This week we look into using audience content effectively during breaking news coverage, and we learn what it's like to use Google Glass.

PART 1: Audience content during breaking news

More and more material related to breaking news stories is being captured by members of the public and spread through social media. So how can newsrooms react to this emerging world where the crowd often controls a story? We get some ideas from Associated Press Social Media Editor Eric Carvin and from David Cohn, founding editor of the mobile news app Circa.

Reporting by Chelsea Stuart.

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Associated Press guidelines
As explained in this post, the latest revision of the AP Social Media Guidelines includes "a new set of guidance on how (and whether) to use social networks to get information and amateur content from people who are in danger, or who have suffered a significant personal loss."

Reddit discussion about social media in news reports
For a more detailed discussion, check out this "Ask Me Anything" conversation, hosted by Eric Carvin and Fergus Bell of the Associated Press on May 22 on the social news site Reddit.

PART 2: Google Glass as a reporting tool

Now that Google Glass devices are in the hands of hundreds of public testers, we get an update from Sarah Hill, chief digital storyteller at Veterans United Network, about what it's like to use the device and how the wearable technology might be used for news reporting.

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Hill offers additional ideas for how Google Glass could be used by news organizations in this post.

A few news organizations already have developed apps for delivering content via the Google Glass platform, as explained in this previous Futures Lab update.

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