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Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online
Expires After: 5 Month(s) 14 Day(s)

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Over the past few years, misinformation has exploded online. Hoaxes go viral on social media after most breaking news events, manipulated videos dupe internet users into sharing them and fake news sites publish fabricated stories and cash in on the traffic. But as the amount of fakery on the internet has expanded, so too have tools that help users verify information.

Fact-checking reporter Daniel Funke and digital tools reporter Ren LaForme will share some of the best tools, tips and methods for verifying information online.

YLearn how to check the veracity of images using tools like RevEye and Google’s Reverse Image Search, pick apart viral social media videos with InVid and YouTube Dataviewer and assess social media profiles with Account Analysis and StalkScan. We’ll also share more advanced tools for more experienced debunkers.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools, supported by Google News Initiative and in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Learn more about journalism tools with Try This! — Tools for Journalism on Poynter.org.

WHAT WILL I LEARN:

  • How to tell whether a news story is real or fake
  • Best practices for verifying images online and on mobile
  • How to verify social media videos
  • Quick ways to see if a social media profile is fake
  • How to debunk claims using geolocation tools

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE:

Anyone who is interested in reading and sharing truthful information online should attend this webinar. Professional reporters and editors will benefit from using these tools in their fact-checking processes, while media students and professors will glean best practices to use inside and outside the classroom. General news consumers will also learn techniques to quickly tell whether or not the social media posts they’re about to share are true or not.


SPONSOR:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

The foundation, headquartered in Miami, was established in 1950. It has always been independent of the Knight brothers’ media enterprise that later became Knight-Ridder. Knight-Ridder was sold to The McClatchy Company in 2006.

Knight Foundation’s signature work is its Journalism Program. Since 1950, the foundation has invested nearly $400 million with 1,000 partners to advance quality journalism and freedom of expression worldwide. Today, the program focuses on leading journalism excellence into the digital age. Journalism initiatives include training and education; news and newsroom diversity; digital media and news in the public interest; and press freedom and freedom of information.

Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it useful and accessible to everyone. Quality journalism is critical to that mission, providing accurate information to people on important issues when it matters the most.

Over the past decade, technological changes — and the shift to digital — have presented significant challenges to the underlying models that allow news organizations to produce quality journalism. But those changes have also enabled new opportunities to strengthen it: to surface new stories, to provide more data and context, and to create more engaging storytelling experiences

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:

Ren LaForme

Ren LaForme is the Digital Tools Reporter for Poynter.org. He runs Try This! — Tools for Journalism, which is an effort to find, share and provide training around the best digital tools for journalists.

He also frequently uses his vanity title, Executive Director of Awesome.

Ren is one-half of the duo responsible for 40 Better Hours, a project to improve the workweek. He is also the cofounder of ONA’s Tampa Bay chapter and cofounder of Tampa Bay Media & Digital, a meetup group for locals who work in news media or on the internet.

Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke covers fact-checking, online misinformation and fake news for the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. He previously reported for Poynter as a Google News Lab Fellow and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he’s not chasing down online hoaxes, the recent University of Georgia graduate can be found at your local brewery.

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