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

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