Monday 28/08/2017

Free online guide with practical tips and tools for news verification

We are pleased to inform that the Centre for media Studies at SSE Riga has published free online guide with practical tips and tools for news verification and how to discern between fake news. 

The rise of camera-enabled smartphones and high-speed mobile data services has led to a proliferation of photo and video contentbeing shared via social networks. It is now often the case that for an international, breaking news story, the first reports, videos and photo to emerge will come via social media.

This is both a great opportunity and challenge! This guide is a good resource not only for journalists but everyone who are reading online and will help to evaluate the content shared via social media. Available in English, Latvian, Estonian, Swedish, and Russian. This publication was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia and the Swedish Anne-Marie and Gustaf Ander Foundation.

This guide is designed as a series of checklists to help you find answers to key questions about content you’re investigating online.

About the Author
Tom Trewinnard (UK) is Director of Development at Meedan, a social technology non-profit working on the Check project to develop collaborative verification tools and open training curricula. He leads Meedan’s participation in the First Draft Coalition, a group of thought leaders and pioneers in social media journalism launched by Google News Lab in 2015.

Tom has moderated panels on digital journalism at Personal Democracy Forum and the Prix Italia, and convened a daylong pre-conference workshop for MENA-region journalists and digital rights activists at the Stockholm Internet Forums 2015 &  2017.

Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East and Europe's leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research eyewitness media and lead training in verification skills. Tom curates the verification and viral debunk newsletter The Checklist.

News Verification Guide in English

1.22 MB, pdf

News Verification Guide in Latvian

1.34 MB, pdf

News Verification Guide in Swedish

1.22 MB, pdf

News Verification Guide in Estonian

1.31 MB, pdf

News Verification Guide in Russian

1.35 MB, pdf

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