A wave of misinformation is flooding the region, much of it courtesy of agencies backed by the Russian government. Olga Yurkova, co-founder of StopFake, writes for GIJN about how Ukrainian civil society is taking the fake news epidemic head on — with a little help from their (Western) friends.
Craig Silverman had been digging into unhappy facts for years. But back in 2015, he came out with a report which would foretell the misinformation tsunami which would soon arrive. Tanya Pampalone, GIJN’s managing editor, caught up with Silverman, who is now the Toronto-based media editor for BuzzFeed News, to talk more about disinformation, as well as white noise, Hurricane Sandy, the Arab Spring, his first blog and what it is like to be the most depressing person in the room.
If you didn’t make it to Seoul for this year’s Uncovering Asia conference — or couldn’t be at two panels at the same time — never fear, tipsheets from our impressive speakers are here! But just in case you can’t decide where to start, here are five presentations that are definitely worth checking out.
The completely sold out Uncovering Asia 2018, the third Asian investigative journalism conference, was a four-day blitz of intense exchange of knowledge, networking and building new investigative partnerships. A total of 440 journalists from 48 countries convened in Seoul, Korea from October 4-7 for the largest ever gathering of investigative journalists in the region.
What’s the global data journalism community tweeting about this week? Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from Aug 27 to Sept 2 finds @nytclimate personalizing climate change, @npr fact-checking the US Education Department’s school shooting data, @dwnews calculating the cost of travel to the environment, and @junkcharts dissecting the strengths of Thailand cave rescue data visualizations.
There are different ways fake news sites fake us out. In GIJN’s latest tutorial, Olga Yurkova, co-founder of the Ukrainian fact-checking project StopFake, runs through the six main techniques used and offers up some simple tools to vet them.
Exposing fake or manipulated images is quite possible with the proper tools and techniques. In this GIJN tutorial, six fraud scenarios are explored, along with step-by-step instructions on vetting their accuracy or inaccuracy:
1. Photo manipulation — Easy to check, using tools such as Google Reverse Search.. 2. Video tricks — Close examination of the video and finding the original video are among the lessons here.
Safety, fake news and collaboration dominated Brazil’s 13th Abraji Congress, where more than 750 journalists gathered in São Paulo for 70 panels and 22 courses and workshops on investigative journalism.
As Mexico prepares for national elections this summer, social media is filled with misinformation and disinformation. To combat this, a group of news organizations and civil society groups came together earlier this year to launch Verificado 2018, a collaborative fact-checking and debunking effort.
Since its creation five years ago, Agência Pública has promoted a revolution not only in Brazil, but around Latin America. It is one of the main drivers of a regional scene that brings together digital native-media founded and led by journalists.