Information spreads fast, and misinformation is so easy to generate and disseminate that any journalist – not just a new technology reporter or social media editor – should know and be able to verify. This short instruction, created by Shaydanay Urbani; First Draft’s Partnerships and Programs Manager in New York, where she covers disinformation and trains journalists internationally in verification and responsible reporting, was created to become support in the sometimes complex art of verification. It includes basic assumptions, checklists and verification tips and techniques. Most importantly, it presents five pillars of verification that can be used as a reference.
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