Five Resources for Tackling Misinformation


Our partner First Draft News, a non-profit focused on fighting misinformation, has several resources for reporters and newsrooms on how to tackle and report on the topic.

  • Access daily misinformation insights: Sign up to join First Draft’s CrossCheck Slack community where the investigative research team distributes daily insights to local and national reporters about disinformation themes and trends to help in their reporting.
  • Subscribe to their weekly newsletter: First Draft’s US 2020 newsletter distills some of the top trends from the week. It includes quick tutorials on verification and monitoring and the topics for our weekly “webi-bars.” Join other local reporters on Thursdays at 5 p.m. EDT to hear misinformation insights from First Draft’s research team.
  • Preparing reporters for local election misinformation: Read the takeaways or watch the replays from Infotheque 2020, our three-day event on reporting on election misinformation. You’ll find videos about mobile verification, local and “elite” misinformation, Facebook political advertising, misinformation that targets Black and Latinx communities and more. Hear important election reporting tips from our keynote speaker Civil Rights Attorney Vanita Gupta and what newsrooms should be doing ahead of the election with Texas Tribune’s Editorial Director Stacy-Marie Ishmael.
  • Competitive state election misinformation: First Draft has collected dozens of examples of information disorder in five competitive states — Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — playing out via private Facebook Groups, text messages and other platforms. You can download the full PDF report here: “Misinformation in your backyard.
  • Text message misinformation course: Learn how to protect yourself and your community from misinformation with our free two-week text message course. Available in English and Spanish, this course delivers daily nuggets of training via SMS. As November draws near, we’re trying a new format to help people be prepared for election misinformation in a way that fits into their daily schedules. Sign up and share “Protection from deception.”

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