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  • Digital sleuthing

    When news breaks, you need to be nimble and smart in finding sources, backgrounding people, verifying what’s real vs. fake, and staying ahead of the competition. Learn key sites, apps and social media strategies to quickly build a digital dossier on someone.

    Tags: social media; digital; deadline; investigative; backgrounding; verification; web

    By Doug Haddix

    2018

  • Web & social media sleuthing

    When news breaks, you need to be nimble and smart in finding sources, backgrounding people, verifying what’s real vs. fake, and staying ahead of the competition. Learn key sites, apps and social media strategies to quickly build a digital dossier on someone.

    Tags: social media; digital; investigative; backgrounding; verification

    By Sarah Hutchins

    2018

  • Evaluating Data Quality

    Journalists have more access to information than ever before. The rise in the volume and speed of data production might be overwhelming for some journalists, many of whom are not used to using large amounts of data for research and storytelling. But the urgency and eagerness to make use of data, and the technology available to process it, should not distract us from our underlying quest for accuracy. This slideshow will show you techniques to fully capture the value of data and to evaluate its quality.

    Tags: data; verification; quality

    By Giannina Segnini

    2016

  • Intermediate/Advanced Security Github repo

    This Gihub repo is from the NICAR 2015 presentation on topics like 2FA and software verification. https://github.com/mozilla/nicar-2015-2fa-plus

    Tags: code; security; computers

    By Aurelia Moser and Harlo Holmes

    2015

  • Investigative Reporting is Threatened as Never Before

    Baker discusses what important information was overlooked after CBS was called on the carpet for failing to adequately verify its sources in the investigation of President George W. Bush's National Guard service. He includes his article for The Nation describing why Bush left the Guard and why he was sent to Alabama.

    Tags: Good sources; verification; bad sources; watchdog; the press; news media controversy

    By Russ Baker

    2005

  • Backgrounding the Individual On Deadline

    Don Ray offers tips on what not to overlook when backgrounding a person. There is a long list of public records that are available at city hall or the county clerk, including deeds, building permits, birth, marriage and death certificates. Professional licenses, degrees, and awards are available, including verification of graduation and even copies of dissertations or theses. Lawsuits, criminal activity, campaign contributions - Ray suggests a mountain of information that you can check out.

    Tags: Individual background checks

    By Don Ray

    2005

  • Authenticity: Investigating tipsters, bloggers, and web sites

    This tipsheet offers ten tips to help reporters validate their sources. Wilson suggests finding public records to verify any information given by shady sources. For example, Wilson suggests looking for court records, vital records, real estate records and licensing records. For each suggestion, Wilson describes where the records can be found and why they are helpful for reporters.

    Tags: public records; internet; anonymous sources; verification; sourcing

    By Duff Wilson

    2005