Verification Handbook: For Investigative Reporting

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Quick Facts

Publishing Organisation:
European Journalism Centre
Covers Thematic
  • Verification Verification is an extra or final bit of proof that establishes something is true.</br>To verify something is to make sure it's correct or true, so verification is an action that establishes the truth of something.</br></br>Source:
  • Target audience
  • Civil Society Civil society is a target group in LINKS which comprises citizens, civil society organizations, educational institutions, vulnerable groups, social movement organizations
  • Media The term media refers to any means of distribution, dissemination or interpersonal, mass or group communication of works, documents, or written, visual, audio or audiovisual messages (such as radio, television, cinema, Internet, press, telecommunications, etc.)</br></br>Entities using multiple communication channels are often called Media
  • Audience experience level
  • Advanced Those who currently use social media to communicate with the public during all phases of an emergency and have developed a clear social media strategy, even if this is not thoroughly documented or communicated across the organisation</br></br>Source:
  • Disaster Management Phase


    While the initial Verification Handbook centred on verification for breaking news coverage, this handbook provides the fundamentals of online search and research techniques for investigations. It goes deeper into techniques for user-generated content investigations; it provides best practices for evaluating and verifying open data, gives sound advice on workflow for fact-checking investigative projects and ethical approaches to user-generated content in investigations.""


    • The opportunity for using open source information and user-generated content in investigative work
    • Using online research methods to investigate the Who, Where and When of a person
    • Online research tools and investigation techniques
    • Corporate Veils, Unveiled: Using databases, domain records and other publicly available material to investigate companies
    • Investigating with databases: Verifying data quality
    • Building expertise through UGC verification
    • Using UGC in human rights and war crimes investigations
    • Applying ethical principles to digital age investigation
    • Presenting UGC in investigative reporting
    • Organizing the newsroom for better and accurate investigative reporting

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