Master Class: Identifying, verifying and reporting on disinformation **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Shaydanay Urbani of First Draft News; Aimee Rinehart of First Draft News
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Clear Lake
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this three-hour workshop, First Draft will show you the tools needed to find and sort problematic content online. They will demonstrate and have you test drive basic verification tools, and discuss the ethics of sourcing from the darker corners of the web. The session will end with a group assignment so that you can test in real time how to add these tools, tactics and techniques into a report.

First Draft is a nonprofit with the mission of helping journalists and others address challenges with disinformation, trust and truth in the digital age. In this class, Partnerships Director Aimee Rinehart and Shaydanay Urbani will lead you through several tools and strategies needed to navigate and verify online information, including: 

  • The seven types of mis- and disinformation
  • Introduction to social verification & why getting it right matters
  • Setting up your desktop/workstation
  • Ethical considerations
  • The Dark Web and mis- & disinformation campaigns designed to fool journalists

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • Partnerships and Development Director, New York bureau lead. Managed Comprova, the Brazilian election project in 2018. She started working online in 1996 and was a digital originator at The New York Times. @aimeetwoee

  • Shaydanay is a research reporter at First Draft, investigating disinformation and training newsrooms. She joined in 2018 to help launch the Information Disorder Lab at Harvard's Shorenstein Center, and then returned to work on FD's Nigerian election project and train newsrooms in Brussels and Johannesburg. She has a background in criminal justice reporting, Middle Eastern history and politics, and food policy, and a master's from the Newmark journalism school at CUNY. 

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