Ask any fact-checker and they’ll tell you: Finding the truth is hard.
It’s time-consuming, money is tight and the potential blowback can be severe. And with hundreds of digital tools and how-tos out there, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are actually helpful.
So over the past year, the International Fact-Checking Network has been producing videos that focus on tips, tricks and tools that can help improve people’s fact-checking skills. Each video is about two minutes long and features interviews and demonstrations with journalists and developers who debunk fake news for a living.
From how to fact-check on WhatsApp to preparing for breaking news misinformation, here are all eight instructional videos from our “Check It” series. Have an idea for another video you think Poynter should produce? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form at the bottom of this article.
1. Don’t fall for false claims about crowd size. Use a tool like Mapchecking to verify them. [embedded content] 2. Text fact checks are cool, but they can get boring for your audience. Try using GIFs on social media to promote your work. [embedded content] 3. Automated fact-checking isn’t as far in the future as you may think — several organizations are working to create shareable tools. Prepare your newsroom ahead of time. [embedded content] 4. WhatsApp has become one of the biggest sources of misinformation on the internet. Set up an institutional account to field and debunk hoaxes. [embedded content] 5. If breaking news stikes and you
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