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#Tip: Learn from this post on verifying pope story

April 4th, 2013Posted by in Search, Top tips for journalists
Image by Ivy Dawned on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Image by Ivy Dawned on Flickr. Some rights reserved

The BBC College of Journalism has published a post explaining how journalists could have fact-checked an image that allegedly shows Jorge Bergoglio, the recently elected Pope Francis, standing beside former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla.

The post, which is by Henk van Ess, who chairs the VVOJ, (the Association of Investigative Journalists for The Netherlands and Belgium), explains how internet research could have debunked the incorrect story.

The post explains various tools, tricks and tips that can be useful in verification, such as Backtweets, Google advanced operators and he advises to “always think ‘video’ when you see a picture”.

The must-read post is at this link.

Journalism.co.uk runs a one-day course on advanced online research. Find out more at this link.

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