Embarking on an open investigation can be a challenge — technically, practically, ethically. Fortunately the First Draft coalition, a group of the world’s leading experts in eyewitness media and open journalism, is helping Ghost Boat. Over the coming weeks they will be producing how-to guides that specifically focus on evidence that is emerging as part of our attempt to locate the missing refugees.
To get started, here are some resources that explain some of the basics of finding and verifying digital media posted to social networks.
When you’ve got different pieces of a puzzle — media reports, police statements, social media accounts— how do you combine and cross-check them? Storyful explains how it worked to understand the identity of Dylann Roof, the Charleston gunman.
When you’re collecting information from around the world, a lot of information won’t be in English. How do you deal with that? Meedan provides some top tips for translating eyewitness media.
Being able to locate a video or image is key in establishing credibility, but can be a challenging task. Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat explores the best tools and techniques for the job.