Verification and Digital Investigations Resources, a comprehensive list of resources presented by Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed at IJAsia18.
The Verification Handbook covers many topics with the goal of being a “definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage.” Edited by Silverman and written by journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and elsewhere. Also see The Verification Guide for Investigative Journalists and Verification Handbook: Additional Materials. To download or buy them all, and see translated versions, click here.
Verifying Online Information This 2019 guide by Shaydanay Urbani, a writer and research reporter at First Draft, is described as “your little condensed guide to the wizardry of verification.” It includes “essential concepts, checklists and our favorite tips and techniques.” It uses “five pillars of verification:” provenance, source, date, location, and motivation.
Social News Gathering and Verification, by Ayla Mashkoor and Rachel Blundy from Storyful in Hong Kong.
Six Fake News Techniques and Simple Tools to Vet Them, by Olga Yurkova, Ukraine’s StopFake co-founder. She describes six fraud scenarios along with step-by-step instructions on vetting their accuracy or inaccuracy.
What to Watch for in the Coming Wave of “Deep Fake” Videos, by Samantha Sunne, looks at sophisticated videos that feature one person’s face plastered onto another’s body.
9 Tools for Verifying Images by Molly Stellino of the International Journalists’ Network.
Six lessons from my deepfakes research at Stanford, by Tom Van de Weghe in 2019, addresses, “How should journalists address the growing problem of synthetic media.”
How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes, a 2018 Nieman Labs article.
These New Tricks Can Outsmart Deepfake Videos—For Now, a 2018 Wired article by Sarah Scoles.
Deepfake-busting apps can spot even a single pixel out of place, an article on new techniques, a Technology Review article by Karen Hoa.
Calculating time using clues within a Google Streetview scene, 2019 article by an author calling himself “just a shadowy nerd” and going by the name Sector035.
How to Fact-Check Politics in Countries with No Press Freedom, by Daniel Funke.
Fact-Checking and Verification, six packed pages from Raymond Joseph, a freelance journalist and trainer from South Africa who presented at the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC17). He is a former editor of the Big Issue South Africa, which he helped launch in 1996. Also, don’t miss his popular
3 Quick Ways to Verify Images On a Smartphone. Also, don’t miss Joseph’s hugely popular guide to fact-checking what’s on your mobile phone. This is one of GIJN’s top ten resource pages.
How to Be a Digital Detective, another GIJC17 tipsheet from Joseph. It addresses how to spot fake news and provides examples for practical steps to take.
Bellingcat’s Digital Forensics Tools, a rich list of open-source verification and investigation tools and methods.
Getting Started in Online Open-Source Investigations, by Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, focuses on geolocation tools.
Prepublication Quality and Control, by Nils Hanson, a GIJC17 tipsheet from the editor in chief of Mission Investigate (Uppdrag Granskning), the flagship investigative program at Swedish Public Television (SVT).
How to Monitor Social Media for Misinformation, by Nic Dias, a computational journalist and a senior research fellow for First Draft.
A Global Guide to Initiatives Tackling “Fake News,” a list of international fact-checking initiatives prepared by Fergus Bell, a multi-format journalist who runs Dig Deeper Media.
How Not to Be Wrong, by Winny de Jong, a freelance data journalist and trainer. “At the intersection of data and journalism,” she begins, “lots can go wrong.”