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Getting started in social newsgathering, verification, debunking and more

Check out all the slides from First Draft presentations at ONA16 in Denver, a great place to start when getting to grips with eyewitness media

First Draft decamped to Denver for the Online News Association annual conference last week, armed with 15 mini-presentations for the great and good of digital journalism.

We’ve pulled them together into the core topics and shared them here for everyone who couldn’t make the conference. Looking to get started in social newsgathering, verification and handling fake news? Look no further.

As always, if you think we missed anything or there are any other topics you would like more information on, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Introduction to social newsgathering

Advice from across the First Draft Coalition on setting up your newsroom for breaking news and digging into Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more to find stories, picture and videos as they emerge.

Introduction to digital verification

Why is verification important? How do you know if you’re looking at the original picture or video? How do you confirm the source, date and location of a report? Here are some tools and tips to get you started.

Handling fake stories and dealing with graphic imagery

How journalist and news organisations deal with the amount of information that emerges on social media can have a profound effect both inside and outside the newsroom. This final pair of slides decks look at debunking hoaxes effectively and how to handle the increased amount of graphic imagery on social media from war zones and tragedies.

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