Curriculum Providing Guidance on Verifying Content from the Social Web
First Draft—a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy based at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government—uses research-based methods to fight misinformation and disinformation online. Additionally, it provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify, and publish content sourced from the social web. First Draft’sverification curriculum addresses how to corroborate eyewitness media, fabricated websites, visual memes, and manipulated videos. A five-unit course is designed primarily for journalists; a one-hour abridged version is designed for the general public. Participants can take either course from start to finish or excerpt elements to integrate into classrooms and courses, with proper attribution. First Draft provides resources in several languages, including Spanish.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national project that empowers young people to create an oral history of contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder using the freeStoryCorps app for iOS and Android devices.
Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project (NLP) helps students and teachers discern fact from fiction in the digital age. In May 2016, the project launched Checkology, an online interactive course that helps students understand and appreciate the role of the press, introduces them to different types of news—from entertainment to opinion to branded content—and teaches them the critical thinking skills they’ll need to spot misinformation.