[Playlist] Information Verification

The “Information Verification” playlist currently includes five open access educational resources that help youth reflect on the information they access, read, watch, and circulate online by introducing them to the process of verification. Learners will explore strategies and tools to verify the who, where, when, and why of online images and videos before practicing their skills with online media from recent news stories. The playlist also includes a glossary of essential terms related to the news and the verification process, an extended glossary, and handouts such as a verification checklist which can help learners complete the verification process on their own. 

The playlist and its educational resources are largely based on First Draft Verification Training for Journalists course and have been remixed and adapted for a younger audience by the Berkman Klein Center’s Youth and Media team. Co-designed with and for youth, resources can be completed independently by learners or in a group setting with an educator or caregiver. Each resource includes an introductory activity, an assignment, discussion questions, and additional resources (e.g., background readings, digital tools).

The five educational resources in the playlist address the following topics:

  1. What Is Verification?
  2. The Verification Steps
  3. Beyond the Original
  4. Metadata
  5. Reverse Image Search

The Youth and Media team recommends completing the playlist loosely in the aforementioned order, as the educational resources gradually increase in level of difficulty. As youth complete the playlist, they will critically reflect on the responsibilities news organizations, social media companies, news consumers, and social media users have in promoting a media landscape of truthful news information. They will also recognize the challenges and opportunities inherent in the verification process and feel more empowered to use various online and offline tools to investigate the veracity of content online. 

We hope that educators, caregivers, and young people will take this playlist – released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license – and further adapt, remix, and build upon the materials. We look forward to seeing how the tools will be used and shared to better address young people’s needs, experiences, and interests in today’s news climate.