First Aid Kit: Misinformation Card

Election SOS First Aid Kit: Misinformation

Rampant misinformation ultimately fueled a pro-Trump mob to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Here’s how your newsroom can combat misinformation now and beyond inauguration day.

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Stay Alert

  • First Draft also distributes daily insights to local and national reporters about disinformation themes and trends to help in their reporting. Sign up for that here.
  • You can also sign up to be a media monitor for Mediators Beyond Borders International’s TRUST Network.

Look Abroad

How to Correct

  • Over Zero has a comprehensive guide on how to correct misinformation tactics, from using positive framing to providing an alternative explanation. Why? Repeating an accusation or false claim may actually end up strengthening the association you’re trying to dispel.

(Download the guide here.)

Who Else is Vetting Claims?

  • St. Louis Community College Libraries has put together a list of fact-checking websites. If a claim or piece of information sounds untrue, check if it has been vetted using one of those websites.
  • These include:

On the Beat

    • There are also journalists whose primary work involves misinformation, including The New York Times’ Jack Nicas and The Wall Street Journal’s Rachael Levy.
    • This thread from The Centre for Investigative Journalism also has some key journalists you should follow:

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