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olelo fact-up

olelo fact-up



fact checking resources

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  • fact-checking & FOIA workshop for january 2007
  • why fact check?
      • The work can’t be dismissed as propaganda or rumor
      • Legal risks associated with printing inaccuracies can be avoided
      • An even more interesting story might be discovered
      • Sources are kept happy
      • Embarrassment—or worse—can be avoided
      • Determine and highlight all facts in a story
      • Can tighten writing
      • Go beyond spelling and dates—look for causal links , attributions, reporter assumptions, facts contained within quotes, and memories
      • Evaluate sources used by the reporter
      • Confirm everything, using multiple sources for controversial facts!
      • Much of this information can be found in an easy to read book,
      • The Fact Checker's Bible , by Sarah Harrison Smith.
  • fact tracking
    • Organize sources used to write the story
      • Contact info for interviewees
      • Website addresses
      • Database, journal and book names
      • Copies of documentation
    • Confirm quotes
    • With video, as much of this as possible should be done before the work gets shot
    • Read the copy/view the piece through once
    • Go at copy with a highlighter pen on the second pass, with video take notes and note time stamp
    • Organize into types of sources required for verifying
      • Telephone Free411 , InfoSpace , SuperPages
      • Databases
        • http://www.state.hi.us/libraries/hsl/databases.html
        • Internet ( Librarians Internet Index , Clusty , Advanced Google )
      • Reference sources
        • encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas–could be print or online
        • Wikipedia—yea or nay?
      • Other
    • Aside: sources for images and data
      • Archive.org , Wikimedia Commons , Yahoo Creative Commons search
      • RSS feeds
    a practical how to
    • FOIA : Freedom of Information Act
    • State versions of the same, e.g. UIPA in Hawaii
    • Government Documents – depository libraries (most of the big ones, academic and public) have to let you in to use them.
    ask the feds
    • July 4, 1966: FOIA signed into law.
    • October 2, 1996: Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
    • October 12, 2001: new FOIA memorandum
    • 2002: more amendments
    • Freedom of Information Act (1966) mandates federal government agencies to comply with public solicitation of information.
    • Nine exemptions specified and the President has unlimited power in declaring something off-limits.
    • The FOIA does not apply to Congress or the courts, nor does it apply to records of state or local governments.
    • Nearly all state governments have their own FOIA-type statutes .
    • Department of Justice Frequently Requested Records
    • What about petitioning the FBI or CIA?
      • How to file a FOIA request from CIA
      • FBI FOIA website
    What is FOIA?
    • Pdfs preferable to html docs
    • .edu, .gov sites
    • Reputation of sources
    • Evaluating web resources guide
    • Radical Reference http://radicalreference.info
    • This presentation online http://radicalreference.info/olelo/fact_up
    • Contact me [email_address]