Verify This Week (13/2014)
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.
Trending category on websites: Debunking Hoaxes
As Buzzfeed declared 2014 as the “Year of the Viral Debunk“, debunking hoaxes and misinformation is increasingly featured as columns, e.g. on Gizmodo or Gawker. They primarily focus on “calling out fake images”. Also, the Washington Post has a category devoted to “What was fake on the internet this week“. Great reads.
Fake vs. Real vs. Unverified
Real-time debunking efforts at The Atlantic during Hurricane Sandy. The article shows very hands-on what journalists look for when verifying content on social media platforms.
Source: The Atlantic
How The New Yorker verifies stories
Beautifully written article by Peter Canby, senior editor and head of the fact-checking department at The New Yorker. Read why The New Yorker still employs full-time staff checkers to verify every assertion in each piece.
Source: Columbia Journalism Review