The First Draft Toolbox for newsgathering and verification

If you are not Donald Trump or some other form of a pathological liar, then you will enjoy: The First Draft Toolbox for newsgathering and verification by Alastair Reid.

From the post:

Welcome to the First Draft Toolbox, a list of tools and sites recommended by the First Draft Coalition to help in social newsgathering, verification and more.

We will be updating the page regularly with new tools as well as more detailed explainers and guides of those listed here already. If you have any suggestions of something we may have missed or are launching a tool you think should be featured here, please let us know by emailing our editor Alastair Reid.

You can also get email alerts for when we update the page using ChangeDetection or other available tools.

So many options can be overwhelming though, and putting them into practice can be daunting when just starting out. The best advice has always been to experiment with everything but find the tools that work for you, and keep up with thought leaders and case studies to see what the experts use and how they use them.

By rough count I make it thirty-eight separate resources for newsgathering and verification. The big categories are: Social newsgathering and search tools, Location checking tools, Source verification, Image verification, YouTube Data Viewer and, Translation.

An impressive collection, several new to me and more than you will probably use at any one time. Try the most needed ones first and then branch out. Over time you will develop favorites and skill at using them.

The one omission that surprised me was Alastair failing to mention Snopes.com.

Snopes.com is one of the premier debunking sites on the WWW. For example:

Undercover Parcel Service No, UPS isn’t smuggling refugees into the United States in the dead of night.

Cetacean Harvestation No, cranberry farmers aren’t netting and canning dolphins during the harvest season.

Does that help explain Donald Trump’s standings in the polls?

Ask not only whether statements are “true,” but also what the speaker has to gain from giving them to you?

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