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Don’t be fooled: The journalist’s guide to foiling fake news

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

Trust is the currency of the media, and — just like actual money — it’s in short supply at the moment. Media editor of BuzzFeed News, Craig Silverman, has wrangled some of the industry’s top fact-checkers and myth-busters to produce the latest version of the Verification Handbook For Disinformation and Media Manipulation, a veritable trove of methodologies, practices and examples to help the journalist separate fact from crap, and (re)gain trust from their reader.

“We are being targeted by coordinated and well-funded campaigns to capture our attention, trick us into amplifying messages, and bend us to the will of states and other powerful forces. The good news is this creates an opportunity — and imperative — for investigation.”

Craig Silverman, editor, Verification Handbook For Disinformation and Media Manipulation

The book is published by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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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