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The Public Data Lab guide, supported by First Draft, explores the use of digital methods to trace production, circulation and reception of fake news online.
NewsCheck is a Chrome extension that prompts you to work through a verification checklist and then allows others to see how you authenticated an image or video.
A quick reference guide to help you identify the who, where, when and why of any eyewitness video
A quick reference guide to help you identify the who, where, when and why of any eyewitness photos
A quick reference guides to help you identify the who, where, when and why of eyewitness photos or videos
Monitoring livestreams during breaking news situations can mean getting the story as it unfolds. Here’s how to find them
More and more people post pictures and video to Instagram in breaking news, so here are some tips to track them down
Advanced search, filtering and manually changing search URLs are all ways to better find newsworthy material on Facebook
Some advanced search functions for Google can help narrow down the search for newsworthy material
Many journalists swear by Tweetdeck for keeping an eye on sources, events and hashtags. Here's how to get started
Although YouTube doesn't let you search by location, there is a way to find videos from where they were posted
Remember these tricks for finding the upload time of an Instagram post to help when verifying pictures
Find out how features like historical imagery, 3D buildings and measurement markers can help you confirm the exact location of an eyewitness photo or video
Our latest report aims to clear up confusion around copyright law and highlight pitfalls news organisations should avoid.
First Draft's debut handbook establishes standards for using eyewitness media
Do you find newsworthy videos are often deleted before you get a chance to verify them and use them in your reporting? Video Vault might be your new best friend
So you want to be an online investigator? OSINT expert Eliot Higgins shares his advice for getting started in the world of open-source information
Learn language and location tricks when reporting on Arabic-speaking regions with this guide from Tom Trewinnard
Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, so here are some tools to find and verify footage for news
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