Every week, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification processes of content from social media. Here is our list for this week.
1. How to verify content from Social Media
First things first: here is a very helpful overview of some of the main fact-checking skills that journalists need to consider when using content from social media. According to this article, the process includes three phases: „monitoring of social networks and the online community before news breaks, checking the content when it comes into play and subsequently reporting that content once verified.“
2. 10 Tools on how to detect plagiarism
„Plagiarism is as much a serious offense in the academic world as it is in journalism.“ Fact-checking content in social media also includes the detection of plagiarised content. In this article, you can find 10 tools that will help you in the detection process.
3. Verification Handbook
We are very much looking forward to reading the Verification Handbook. According to the website, the book will offer „tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.“
4. Repository of verification tools
According to Verification Junkie, here you can find a great directory of platforms and tools that will help you in the fact-checking process. For each of the featured links you can find a description and further information.
Source: Verification Junkie
5. Verify and Validate as two of the key skills for journalists in 2014
At the beginning of every year, you can find plenty of „What’s going on this year“-lists. This year, verification is called one of the key skills for digital journalists. The author Rachel Bartlett concludes that „being able to verify content as true, or as close to the truth as can be established, is a hugely valuable and important skill“.