Although the internet makes it easier to discover stories and sources, uncritical use of information you find online can be dangerous. Fact-checking is even trickier when you work as a freelancer because you may not have access to the right tools and help that staff journalists often get in their organisations.
To help you navigate the choppy seas of disinformation, Freelance Journalism Assembly has published a guide for freelancers on fighting false and misleading news and sharpening your fact-checking and verification skills.
The guide covers all kinds of topics, from organising and verifying information to collaboration, legal risks assessment and a list of databases and fact-checking sites. There is also a bonus ‘interactive verification checklist’ that will help you hand in your accurate copy with confidence.