Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online

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Course Overview

Title:
Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
This $29.95 webinar is free thanks to the generous support of the Google News Initiative, American Press Institute and Knight Foundation.
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Over the past few years, misinformation has exploded online. Hoaxes go viral on social media after most breaking news events, manipulated videos dupe internet users into sharing them and fake news sites publish fabricated stories and cash in on the traffic. But as the amount of fakery on the internet has expanded, so too have tools that help users verify information.

In this webinar, fact-checking reporter Daniel Funke and digital tools reporter Ren LaForme will share some of the best tools, tips and methods for verifying information online.

You’ll learn how to check the veracity of images using tools like RevEye and Google’s Reverse Image Search, pick apart viral social media videos with InVid and YouTube Dataviewer and assess social media profiles with Account Analysis and StalkScan. We’ll also share more advanced tools for more experienced debunkers.

This training event is part of a series on digital tools, supported by Google News Initiative and in partnership with the American Press Institute and The Poynter Institute, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Learn more about journalism tools with Try This! — Tools for Journalism on Poynter.org.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to tell whether a news story is real or fake
  • Best practices for verifying images online and on mobile
  • How to verify social media videos
  • Quick ways to see if a social media profile is fake
  • How to debunk claims using geolocation tools
Who Should Take this Course:

Anyone who is interested in reading and sharing truthful information online should attend this webinar. Professional reporters and editors will benefit from using these tools in their fact-checking processes, while media students and professors will glean best practices to use inside and outside the classroom. General news consumers will also learn techniques to quickly tell whether or not the social media posts they’re about to share are true or not.

Course Instructors:

Ren LaForme

Ren LaForme is the Digital Tools Reporter for Poynter.org. He runs Try This! — Tools for Journalism, which is an effort to find, share and provide training around the best digital tools for journalists.

Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke covers fact-checking, online misinformation and fake news for the International Fact-Checking Network at The Poynter Institute. He previously reported for Poynter as a Google News Lab Fellow and has worked for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When he's not chasing down online hoaxes, the recent University of Georgia graduate can be found at your local brewery.

Sponsor:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute advances an innovative and sustainable news industry by helping publishers understand and engage audiences, grow revenue, improve public-service journalism, and succeed at organizational change.

Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote community engagement and lead to transformational change.

Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative collaborates with journalists and entrepreneurs to build the future of media with Google.

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it useful and accessible to everyone. Quality journalism is critical to that mission, providing accurate information to people on important issues when it matters the most.

Over the past decade, technological changes — and the shift to digital — have presented significant challenges to the underlying models that allow news organizations to produce quality journalism.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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