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Best Tools for Fact-Checking, Vetting and Verifying News Online: Verification Junkie

Best Tools for Fact-Checking, Vetting and Verifying News Online: Verification Junkie | Content Curation World |
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Verification Junkie is an excellent free online resource curating the most relevant tools for fact-checking and verification of online content.

"A growing directory of tools for verifying, fact checking and assessing the validity of social media and user generated content."

For each tool collected, Josh Stearns has provided a detailed description, and relevant links.

My comment: Verification Junkie is a great resource I would recommend to anyone writing or publishing online as well as a great example of an effective curated tools collection.

Excellent resource. A must go to for online journalists. 8/10


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Alessandro Mazzoli's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:30 PM

Risorsa utile ( e gratuita) per il Fact-Checking

William A Richardson's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:48 AM

General useful tools?

Ruveanna Hambrick's curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:53 PM

This has great resources and has different multi-media links that are great for crap-detecting.

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How To Verify Content from Social Media: A Good Guide

How To Verify Content from Social Media: A Good Guide | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: If you are a journalist, a reporter, or a professional news curator, you MUST read this.

Excerpted from the guide: "This how-to features advice from a panel of experts on the key considerations, questions and tools journalists should have in mind when carrying out verification of content that surfaces via social media, be it a news tip, an image, a piece of audio or video.


The process covers three main stages: monitoring of social networks and the online community before news breaks, checking the content when it comes into play and subsequently reporting that content once verified. The comprehensive advice outlined in this how-to guide offers practical steps, specific questions and cross-checks journalists can make at each stage, as well as online tools to support them." summarise, the top tips from our panel of experts on an effective verification process from start to finish are:

  • Monitor across platforms (including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Soundcloud, AudioBoo, Bambuser)
  • Spot and understand trends (using tools like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck and Trendsmap to create lists and identify trending topics)
  • Build a network of contacts before the story breaks and limit the stress
  • Use online tools to examine evolution of images (including TinEye, Google Images and WolframAlfra)
  • Verifying sources – speak to them and cross reference answers with social data
  • Verifying sources – look at social media history across platforms
  • Use Whois tools to verify websites
  • Check for photoshopping or repetition in images
  • Apply the Too Good To Be True test
  • Harness online discussion boards and experts (use sites like Snope to spot urban myths and common hoaxes early on)
  • Question edited footage
  • How urgent is it – could more steps be taken to verify before you publish?
  • Crowdsourcing – 'be judicious' about how you send out unconfirmed information
  • Consider any permissions and crediting which may be necessary
  • Clearly communicate the level of verification a story has been given
  • Made a mistake or new information come to light? Issue a clear and networked correction

Invaluable. Very informative. Useful. 9/10

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Ruveanna Hambrick's curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:27 PM

This is a great source for knowing how to monitor and filter information on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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Crap Detection for Social Content Curators: How To Verify What You Post

Accuracy is fundamental to journalism, but it’s a challenge to verify information when it flows at digital warp speed from so many sources. This presentation
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Craig Silverman, my "reference point" for everything about "accuracy" in online journalism, has published almost two years ago a truly useful slide deck full of  valuable suggestions, tips and recommendations on how to go about detecting crap and BS when dealing with online news and social media sourced content.

Specifically the presentation includes valuable info on:

  • Verifying social media info
  • Social Account and Person evaluation
  • Verifying images
  • Verifying web info
  • Misinformation and fact-checking

The 10-item reading list on the slide is worth by itself the ticket price.

Useful. Pragmatical. Resourceful. 8/10

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Joitske Hulsebosch's curator insight, May 9, 2013 4:19 AM

Useful tips on how to evaluate information on the internet - mostly from a news verification perspective but can be useful in other situations as well

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:09 AM

Some useful tips on how to rebalance the Timeliness vs. Accuracy and Quality equation for information dissemination. A must-read for any user of social media! 

Ruveanna Hambrick's curator insight, October 2, 2014 10:30 AM

This is a good source for knowing how to "crap detect" not only for news websites and blog posts but also for social media claims as well.