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Verification Handbook: Necessary tools for breaking news — This is an edited extract from the start of the Verification Handbook, published this week by the European Journalism Centre and currently available online. The public relies on official sources such as news organisations, emergency services and government agencies to provide credible, timely information.

GAH: BuzzFeed launches new corrections policy, free style guide — How do you correct a listicle? If you're Shani Hilton, this is the kind of thing you have to think about. Her official title at BuzzFeed is deputy editor-in-chief, but internally she's also known as Keeper of the Standards. She is their Gandalf of style, standards and corrections.

Did You Hear The One About North Korea? — A word of caution: this story catalogues an avalanche of North Korea rumors that are largely false, with the remaining being barely credible. If something is true, we'll flag it for you. Such is the reality of North Korea rumors.

The year in media errors and corrections 2014 — Correction of the Year This New York Times correction combines Kimye, butts and a writer treating a fake news website and a fake radio station as real. Bravo: An earlier version of this column was published in error.

What's the Difference Between Activism and Journalism? — At a March 2013 meeting in Doha, Qatar, in which press freedom activists gathered to develop a strategy for responding to the violence in Syria, a heated discussion broke out about what constitutes journalism in an environment in which professional reporters work alongside a new generation of online communicators who dub themselves "media activists."

Washington Post expands fact-checking project - and not just to movie trailers — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting the same fact-checking treatment thanks to the latest evolution of The Washington Post's Truth Teller project. The actor and the senator each figure prominently in new videos produced by Truth Teller, which takes video of someone (usually a politician) speaking and annotates their statements with fact checks from the Post and other sources.

Visualized: Incorrect information travels farther, faster on Twitter than corrections — Many times on Twitter I've witnessed what I call The Law of Incorrect Tweets: Initial, inaccurate information will be retweeted more than any subsequent correction. The goal should be to make the correction as viral as the mistake.

11 years later, Idi Amin’s son objects to Guardian obit for his father — Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died over a decade ago, in August of 2003. Like news organizations all over the world, The Guardian published an obituary that told the story of how Amin grew up, came to power and then led with a bloody, iron fist.

Wired correction: Dropbox co-founder did not say ‘nipples’ — Wired staff writer Marcus Wohlsen is taking it pretty well. He's the author of a detailed, fascinating look at the team behind Dropbox, and their big ambitions for the company. Wohlsen is also the source/cause of what will undoubtedly be a contender for Correction of the Year.

New York Times column used quote from fake news site ‘without attribution’ — A late entry for 2014′s Correction of the Year comes from The New York Times. It features an early version of a column published in error; a quote taken from ludicrous article in a fake news website that was treated as real and used without attribution; and a reference to a non-existent Chicago radio station with the call letters WGYN.
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Jan 28, 2015

Four year-old gets out of the bath and announces, "I don't listen to cops."

Jan 28, 2015

RT @EmergentDotInfo: No, these men weren't tricked into harassing their moms: It's a public awareness campaign.

Jan 28, 2015

@vkrueger @digidave @poynter Over my dead body, that guy is the worst!

Jan 28, 2015

@mathewi @sullydish Imagine blogging like a mofo *and* running a media co. with a newish business model. Strikes me as incredibly difficult.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @fergle: Yikes! RSVPs for @CraigSilverman's "Viral Lies" report launch are going quick. It's Tuesday 10th Feb. Get yours!

Jan 28, 2015

RT @BeIIIetstaIk: By simply retweeting this tweet, 5¢ will be donated towards mental health awareness #BellLetsTalk

Jan 28, 2015

RT @rossneumann: The new really makes Reuters decision to give up on Next and consumer-facing media in general look terrible now

Jan 28, 2015

RT @EmergentDotInfo: This work by @mickwest explains why ISIS video of two Japanese men likely REAL: (Deleted, resent to fix bad typo.)

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