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BBC director-general: "We are activists for impartiality"

Social media users care little about the difference between a personal and commercial Twitter account. So journalists need to refrain from sharing polarising views to help win back public trust

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/01/21

Seven free tools for journalists to try in 2021

Upgrade your editing arsenal and organise your schedule at no extra cost with this round-up of mobile apps and online resources

Posted by Jacob Granger on 05/01/21

What did First Draft learn from fact-checking the US 2020 election?

The organisation debunked false claims around ballot stuffing and voter fraud and posted them out on a private Twitter account. We caught up with special projects editor Jasper Jackson to talk about how this event shaped the future of news verification

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/11/20

Fact-based journalism more vital than ever for 2020 US election

US newsrooms are bracing themselves for a torrent of misinformation and conspiracy theories headed their way

Posted by Jamie Wiseman on 09/10/20

Megan Marrelli, program manager of Meedan, on fact-checking health information during covid-19

As there is still so much we do not know about the coronavirus, Meedan's Digital Health Lab answers journalists' burning questions on 'mid-information' - a science that is still largely unknown

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/09/20

Our.News creates 'nutritional' fact-checking labels to help audiences make healthier news consumption choices

Want to know exactly what makes up your media diet? This tool breaks down all the 'ingredients' of online articles to fight misinformation and build readers' trust

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 05/08/20

Five covid-19 newsletters to subscribe to

Getting overwhelmed or bogged down by coronavirus coverage? These email updates provide clarity, fact-checks and an expert take on the pandemic in bite-sized chunks

Posted by Marcela Kunova and Jacob Granger on 06/04/20

Hazel Baker, head of UGC newsgathering at Reuters, on fighting covid-19 mis- and disinformation

In a climate of fear, conspiracy theories fester and audiences often share false information in good faith. Reuters reflects on the variety of ways reporters working from home can separate fact from fiction

Posted by Jacob Granger on 02/04/20

International Fact-Checking Day: eight resources for verifying information

From news labels to toolkits, this selection of free tools can help reporters identify and debunk false information

Posted by Daniel Green on 02/04/20

Turkish fact-checker experiments with offline formats to reach new audiences

By producing videos for public transport, Teyit hopes to capture diverse groups of people lost to online algorithms

Posted by Daniel Green on 18/03/20

Mark McAdam, broadcaster at Sky Sports News, on reporting football transfer stories

Sources, rumours and Deadline Day: the January transfer window is full of twists and turns. Here is how teams verify leads and go to air with accurate information

Posted by Jacob Granger on 27/02/20

Tip: Fact-checking throughout election season

What should journalists be looking out for during the upcoming US election campaign?

Posted by Daniel Green on 27/02/20

'Lead with the truth, not the controversy': how to report on the 2020 US election

As the presidential election approaches, journalists need to better understand information environments to stop the spread of false claims

Posted by Daniel Green on 07/02/20

Tip: A fact-checker's guide to spotting manipulated video

At a time when false information presents itself in different ways, The Washington Post explains what journalists must look out for and how to take action

Posted by Jacob Granger on 20/01/20

Tip: Spot fake images surrounding the US-Iran conflict using your smartphone

Bookmark this citizens guide to checking social media posts with the device that is already in their back pockets

Posted by Jacob Granger on 09/01/20

Misinformation vs. media studies: on teaching to fish

How can we give young people the critical skills to become resilient to information disorder?

Posted by Julian McDougall on 23/12/19

‘Journalism is at risk because it is increasingly disconnected from society’

Jesper Doub, Facebook’s director of news partnerships, EMEA, on why the media is losing people’s trust and what we all can do about it

Posted by Marcela Kunova on 06/12/19

Jenni Sargent, managing director at First Draft, on language around false claims, reaching sceptical audiences and collaboration

As the UK 2019 election is approaching, we spoke to Sargent about the most efficient ways to tackle misinformation (and yes, it involves working with rival journalists)

Posted by Marcela Kunova and Daniel Green on 14/11/19

Tip: 10 steps to fact-check politicians' claims

As Britain prepares to head to the polls next month, here are some best practices for keeping readers accurately informed during election season

Posted by Daniel Green on 12/11/19

Weekly journalism news update: Future News Fund, audience growth and fact-checking the US 2020 election

Pushed for time? Catch up with the weekly media news coverage from

Posted by Jacob Granger on 08/11/19

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