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Letter sent on Jan 8, 2016

Happy new year!

Hi all,

I hope you had a good festive break of some kind, the news never stops but at least once a year journalists deserve to think about nothing more than family and stuffing their faces. For many here in London, these last two weeks held that time.

A sharp snap back to reality — and it was intended as such — came in the form of the most recent propaganda video from IS, however, showing the murder of five men, a masked figure threatening the UK and a young child in combat fatigues.

Propaganda is always a tricky prospect to handle, and we’ll have something coming up on that subject at the start of next week, but what have we been up to this week?

If you register over at FirstDraftNews.com there’ll be a whole load more links and articles on newsgathering and verification from around included in this newsletter and you can make ‘packs’ of articles and resources from the site to share with colleagues or students.

Once signed in, just click the “add to pack” button in the side bar and you can collect posts around particular topics, like these ones I made on getting the most out of Twitter, geolocation skills and searching the web.

All the best and stay true,

Alastair

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