EJC launches free source-verification handbook

Brussels, 29/01/2014. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has launched the Verification Handbook [http://verificationhandbook.com/], a free guide for journalists to using user-generated content during humanitarian emergencies.

Whether it is debunking images of ‘street sharks’ during Hurricane Sandy, or determining the veracity of videos that depict human rights abuses, reporting the right information is critical in shaping responses from the public and relief workers as a crisis unfolds.

By providing the exact methods needed to validate information, photos and videos shared by the crowd, the Verification Handbook forms an essential component of any organisation’s disaster preparedness plan.

The Verification Handbook draws on the experiences of practitioners from some of the world’s premier news and aid organisations, including the BBC, Storyful, The Guardian, ABC, Buzzfeed UK, NHK, Poynter Institute, Digital First Media, the Tow Center, GigaOM, the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI), the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, OpenStreetMap, Amnesty International, Circa, Meedan, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), WITNESS, the Dart Centre Europe, and Shabab Souria.

An online version of the handbook is available for free at http://verificationhandbook.com [http://verificationhandbook.com/], and a PDF, Kindle and Print version will be released on 7th February 2014. An Arabic version of the handbook will be released soon afterwards.

The initiative is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as by the African Media Initiative (AMI), and supported by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), Humanity Road and many other organisations.

Website: http://verificationhandbook.com [http://verificationhandbook.com/]

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For more information, please contact:

Rina Tsubaki (Project Manager), European Journalism Centre

Email: [info@verificationhandbook.com]

Tel: +31 43 325 4030