With the increased Digital Technology at the palm of just anybody; there are a lot of information that distort whether deliberately or not highlighting the need of robust Fact-checking as Asha D. Abinallah explains
My most favourite definition of “Fact-checking” is the process of attempting to verify or disprove assertions made in speech, print media or online content. The practice is essential for integrity in any area where claims are made, including government, journalism and business, as explained by Tech Target.
It is my favourite definition because it stresses on three related components that are key to excavating the truth. There first needs to be an availability of an assertion worthy and needs scrutiny, the second is the need to verify so as to lead to the third end target which is to observe the integrity of a publisher. As straightforward and simple the statements seems to be, what is sometimes taken for granted is knowing what information is worth exploring, what is to be ignored and most importantly — knowing the related or associated information which needs to be cross referenced.
How information for “Fact-Checking” looks like
There is an abundance of Information and news out there especially on the internet. With the increased Digital Technology at the palm of just anybody; there are a lot of information that distort, whether deliberately or not. First Draft news have identified and neatly devised a diagram that show-cases the types of Information Disorder
There are attributes that are commonly found and identified in information/news worthy of being verified. The following is how information for fact-checking looks like:-
The fundamentals of Fact-Checking
Necessary Skills needed for Fact-checking
While fact-checking is more popular at present, it has always been part of any credible and reputable establishment for years. This is a necessary culture within a news agency and most valuable when practitioners have very high discipline applied to their work. With the growth of Technology where information and news spreads at an alarming rate, the need has become a necessity and the faster the verification the more in minimising the damage.
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