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.
Deep fakes — videos which feature one person’s face on another’s body — are rapidly becoming more sophisticated. Samantha Sunne talked to some of the world’s experts on the techniques which can help you learn the weaknesses of this new phenomenon that’s got everyone talking.
Bellingcat, a UK-based open source and social media investigation site, put together a seriously impressive comprehensive list of open source verification and research tools. It includes satellite and mapping services, tools for verifying photos and videos, websites to archive hyperlinks and much more. Dig in!
Launched in October 2010, Chequeado was among the first digital fact-checking projects in the world. Today it is considered one of the global leaders with continuously innovative formats, channels and approaches.
Verifying videos is important, but first you have to find them. This Bellingcat guide will provide advice and some tips on how to gather as much video as possible on a particular event, whether it is videos from witnesses of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.
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. How 90 Outlets Are Working Together to Fight Misinformation Ahead of Mexico’s Elections, by Joseph Lichterman, explains how 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. Argentina’s Chequeado Becomes Global Leader in Fact-Checking, by Ismael Nafría, delves into the history of Chequeadoand how it works. 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.
Venezuela is currently in the midst of an economic, political and constitutional crisis. Amid widespread rationing, tensions between President Nicolás Maduro and members of the opposition continue to escalate. Ewald Scharfenberg, cofounder of GIJN member organization Armando.info, talks about the role investigative journalism plays in Venezuelan politics. Scharfenberg will be speaking at #GIJC17 in November in Johannesburg.
How do you set up a fact-checking project? Experts from start-ups Chequeado, ColombiaCheck and UYCheck offer up some tips on getting started, from the basics of the fact-checking process to staffing and sustainability.
Verifying video materials should be a routine part of reporting, but knowing how to use the digital tools to verify fake content is just one part of the skill. The creative techniques behind video verification are even more important.