Faster Fact Checking: Tools and Tips that Help the Media Break News Right on a Tight Deadline
NEW YORK, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- News breaks faster than ever thanks to social media.
Journalists now have the ability to track news in real-time as it unfolds, often via citizen journalists tweeting and recording on the scene. The availability of up-to-the-second updates does come at a cost: added pressure to report news more quickly than before, which can lead to missing details and/or inaccuracies -- sometimes with serious consequence.
As a result of this shift in sourcing and writing, journalists, bloggers, and newsrooms have begun to compile a toolbox of online resources and best practices that aid timely due diligence. Media Relations Manager Amanda Hicken explores 12 of these services and sites in Beyond Bylines' four-part "Faster Fact Checking" series,
Sorting Through Statistics: Data journalism continues to gain traction as a way to provide context in a story; however, it can take hours to sort through vast amounts of facts and figures. Faster Fact Checking Part 1 features three tools that help with finding and analyzing data.
Making Sense of Social Media: Social media is an easy scapegoat for inaccurate reporting and the quick-fire sharing of misinformation. The three services featured in Fact Checking Part 2 focus on social media updates and user-generated content.
Crisis and Public Safety Reporting: Accuracy and speed become absolutely critical when public safety is in question. Part 3 of the series focuses on online platforms for verifying incoming reports during a crisis.
Verification Best Practices: Fact checking tools can be helpful, but only if the user knows how to use them effectively and ethically. Beyond Bylines' series concludes with three websites that dig into best practices and case studies of verification successes and failures.
Read the full series on Beyond Bylines: http://bit.ly/fasterfactchecking
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