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The Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting released

15 April 2015 | PRESS RELEASE


Press Release
For Immediate Release
15 April, 2015

Maastricht, the Netherlands - The European Journalism Centre (EJC) has released the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting, a companion handbook to the Verification Handbook which was published by the Centre in early 2014.

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.

An online version of Verification Handbook is available for free at

The initiative is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.


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For more information, please contact:
Rina Tsubaki (Project Manager), European Journalism Centre
Tel: +31 43 325 40 30

Verification Handbook
The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.