What you may have missed from FirstDraftNews.com
It’s been a busy few weeks over at First Draft News, so in addition to the articles published here on our Medium publication, we thought it best to update you with everything else that’s been going on:
- Several news outlets were duped into publishing old flight turbulence footage, a mistake that could have been easily avoided with a little skepticism
- Reported.ly’s Asteris Masouras looked at how the context of reporting on the refugee crisis is just as important as the images and events
- In the first of a monthly feature, we put together a quiz of fake and viral news stories from January. Do you know which are true or false?
- Humour may be the best way to beat hoaxers at their own game, argued Josh Stearns
- One for the local reporters here, with 10 different ways they can better cover their patch on social media
- Twitter is introducing a new algorithmic timeline, but that needn’t worry journalists using these tips and tricks
- Some states are getting very good at manipulating social media, as Tom Trewinnard describes
- And one of the best ways to spot such manipulation is learning to identify bots, says Tom
- WhatsApp now has 1 billion users, so how can journalists use it for newsgathering?
- News organisations need to come together and co-operate on the issue of vicarious trauma in the newsroom from viewing graphic images, says Sam Dubberley
- And experts from the Reveal Project shared some advice on what keywords to look for when searching for breaking news on Twitter
We also published a resource on getting to grips with Google Earth to verify images like a pro, and a new interactive Geolocation Challenge. How do your verifications kills compare?
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