Don’t be duped
I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again: share a pic or meme or story on social media that turns out to be FAKE NEWS! (Fortunately, my Facebook “friends” gleefully point out my mistake, just as I will do so to them.) It’s pretty bad to be sharing bullshit on Facebook, it’s disastrous when you’re a news organisation. FirstDraft’s “Verifying online information: The absolute essentials“ gives journalists a concise but complete methodology of examining media — particularly photos and video (which tend to be the most problematic) — and making a call on their veracity. There’s a super-useful link in there to FirstDraft’sToolbox, a bunch of tools that the fact-checking organisation uses to do its job.