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The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting, a companion handbook to the Verification Handbook. While the initial Verification Handbook centred on verification for breaking news coverage, this handbook provides the fundamentals of online search and research techniques for investigations. It goes deeper into techniques for UGC investigations; it provides best practices for evaluating and verifying open data, gives sound advice on workflow for fact-checking investigative projects and ethical approaches to UGC in investigations.

Comprised of ten chapters and three case studies, this Handbook has gathered knowledge and expertise from some of the world’s leading media, research and civil society organisations, including BBC, Bellingcat, Der Spiegel, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, the Arab Reporters for Investigative Reporting, Amnesty International, WITNESS, The SecDev Foundation and SAM.

While it primarily targets journalists, the Handbook covers a wide range of topics that are relevant to human rights investigators, lawyers and researchers at aid organisations. It’s advice and guidance are valuable whether you are a news journalist, citizen reporter, relief responder, volunteer, journalism school student, communication specialist, or an academic.

The Handbook is developed and managed by the European Journalism Centre, based in the Netherlands, under its Emergency Journalism initiative.

Editors of the Handbook

Editor: Craig Silverman, The Poynter Institute
Copyeditor: Merrill Perlman, the American Copy Editors Society (ACES)


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The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is an independent, international, non- profit foundation dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, inter alis through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the Centre operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of journalism-related projects.

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Emergency Journalism is an initiative by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) that brings together relevant news and resources for media professionals


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Published on: 15 April 2015
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