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First Draft News
Your guide to navigating the digital information ecosystem

First Draft is dedicated to improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information that emerges online, including eyewitness media and fake stories. In September 2016, we expanded our coalition and launched a partner network to help inform and scale our work, and to champion the importance of collaboration.

The network is the first of its kind to bring together the biggest social platforms with global newsrooms and other industry projects, associations, research labs, projects and universities. Partners work together to tackle common issues, including ways to streamline the verification process, improve the experience of eyewitnesses and increase news literacy amongst social media users. 

The partner network is open to all news and technology organisations that share an interest in these common issues. If your organisation is interested in joining the partner network, please submit this form and we will be in touch. See our full list of Academic Partners here.

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In its first year, First Draft has done tremendous work to develop and share best practices for journalists on how to ethically and responsibly approach eyewitness media. We’re excited to be growing the coalition to include new platforms and newsrooms around the world.

Olivia Ma, Head of Partnerships for Google News Lab

The First Draft partner network represents an important opportunity for the news industry to work together on best practices, trainings, research and more. We're excited to help and support newsrooms that are experts in using eyewitness content.

Áine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships at Facebook

Twitter is thrilled to be a part of the First Draft Partner Network so that we can collaboratively shape best practices, ethical guidelines and tools when it comes to discovering and verifying eyewitness media.

Niketa Patel, News Partnerships Manager at Twitter

At Sourcefabric, we are keen to join this newly formed Partner Network! As technologists, we see this as a great opportunity to better reflect the specific needs of eyewitness media verification and publishing in our newsroom solutions.

Veronika Divisova, Manager of Strategic Partnernships at Sourcefabric

ABC News is pleased to be the first Australian partner in the First Draft Partner Network, an important initiative in ethical newsgathering practices. We look forward to collaborating with the other member news organisations worldwide to share best practices, assist in the development of new training resources, and collectively solve problems related to the verification and use of information sourced online.

Gaven Morris, ABC News director

Devising systems to consistently disseminate truthful information - while debunking fake news - is a core goal for both fact-checkers and verification experts. The IFCN at Poynter is thrilled to join forces with other organizations passionate about improving the accuracy and reliability of our news ecosystem.

Alexios Mantzarlis, Director, International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter

There are a lot of ways to be competitive and differentiate our products and services in the news business. Ethics and respect for eyewitnesses is not one of them - it's collective path we must forge to ensure a strong future for contributors and the industry.

James A. Neufeld, CEO & Founder of SAM

International Business Times UK are delighted to be invited to partner with First Draft News on establishing a framework for publishing eyewitness news.

John Crowley, Editor-in-Chief at International Business Times UK

A united front is needed to distinguish good journalism from fake news and misinformation. The partner network is a great initiative from FirstDraftNews.

Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director of World Editors Forum

Banjo's excited to contribute to the important dialogue surrounding newsroom practices and verification, as enabled via First Draft. An opportunity to support many of the evolving challenges of today's newsroom realities, while advancing smart strategies of tomorrow.

Victor Hernandez, Director of Media Innovation at Banjo

BBC News is thrilled to be a part of this network and we look forward to contributing to its success.

Mark Frankel, Social Media Editor at BBC News

Media companies carry the responsibility of sifting through the dirt and weeding out fake news. We are happy to be a part of First Draft's initiative in combatting this menace.

Ramakrishnan Laxman, Head of Digital Business at ABP News Network