All the data you can eat

Don’t be duped

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

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.

Jason Norwood-Young
  • Journalist, developer, community builder, newsletter creator and international man of mystery, Jason was one of the first South Africans to really grasp the importance of data in the newsroom and has remained one step ahead of the trends in the field all the way. Even Naked Data was conceived before email newsletters were cool again. But what does that tell you about the measure of the man? Nothing, that's what. He hides the superman CV behind a truly mild-mannered and overly modest persona and is best described as "one of the nicest guys in the business". When he's angry, it is righteously so, and his anger always wears velvet mittens. The true signs of his genius include the ability to create multilingual puns on demand (witness the alternative Naked Data strap "Putting the heita in to data") and the fact that he offered me a job. (AO)

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