The course includes using a mobile phone and a computer for fact-checking
Fact-checking on the go using a mobile device, Facilitator: Raymond Joseph
Journalists are increasingly expected to tweet, post to Facebook, do quick research and even to file copy, audio and video while in the field. But the proliferation of online mis- and disinformation and assorted fakery and hoaxes has raised the stakes for journalists. Some have seriously dented their reputation, and also brought the media houses they work for into disrepute after sharing “fake” social media content without first fact-checking it.
This training will help you set up a fact-check/verification screen with essential free tools available at your fingertips, on your mobile device. Using these tools you’ll be able to quickly fact-check social media and online content from your device. You’ll learn how to do reverse image searches to find if a photo has been published before, and when and where and in what context.
You’ll also learn how to check if a photo has been altered or digitally manipulated, and also to find out when it was taken. We’ll show you how to check who’s behind a website and their contact details, and when it was first registered. You’ll also learn how to do a Google advanced search, translate text and track down who is behind an email address, a social media identity or phone number – all from your mobile device.
You will need a smartphone that can connect to the Internet for this part of the training
Half day: Fact-checking using a desktop or laptop computerBesides the basics of fact-checking, we’ll also look at a few more advanced tools and methods of hunting down and identifying assorted fakery. We’ll share our favourite tools and resources and help you set up your Chrome or Firefox browser with loads of free tools and extensions to help you identify dodgy websites, find earlier versions of a website, verify pictures and videos and deep search social media to track down the fakes, to turn you into a fact-checking ninja.A computer with Internet access is essential for this part of the training, so if you have a laptop bring it along so we can help you set it up as a powerful fake hunting tool.