Advanced fact-checking for reporters

Fact-checking images, video and verifying facts: Google Image Search, Tineye, FotoForensics, Watch-frame-by-Frame, YouTube Dataviewer, Google Fact-Check Explorer and other fact-checking tools. We also play the Clemson University Spot the Troll game with Twitter to sharpen our social media fact-checking.

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Introduction to using data in your reporting

An overview of the key data analysis tools and techniques used to produce investigative stories, with examples of stories that were made possible with these tools.

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Backgrounding like a boss: Reporting on people and companies with free tools

How are you sure that great source with the perfect quote isn’t too good to be true? Even great reporters can get tricked by fake names or sketchy backgrounds. We’ll walk through some websites and strategies you can use to create a routine and spot potential red flags before you get burned.

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Advanced Search: Power tools for search, research and analysis

Sign up for Google’s Backlight tool:

Find information faster by learning how to power search on special sites for datasets, images and court documents. See what users in your area are searching and discover story ideas on Google Trends. Explore Backlight, an AI tool for parsing massive amounts of documents.

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Building a public records mindset

A discussion on developing a documents state of mind — the key to doing solid watchdog work on a beat. We’ll explore key records on a variety of beats and give practical tips on using open records laws. We’ll give you a checklist of what to know before you make a request and advice on wording your requests for documents and data. 

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Advanced verification tools

Watchdog training on advanced verification tools, focused on protest examples (exclusive to Gannett journalists through our relationship with Google News Lab).

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