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Verification Handbook announced

4 November 2013 | PRESS RELEASE


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Maastricht, the Netherlands

4 November 2013

Today the European Journalism Centre (EJC) announced that it will be launching its new Verification Handbook in January 2014. 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.

In a crisis situation, social networks are overloaded with situational updates, calls for relief, reports of new developments, and rescue information. Reporting the right information is often critical in shaping responses from the public and relief workers; it can literally be a matter of life or death. 

The Verification Handbook draws on the experiences of practitioners from some of the world’s top news organisations, including the BBC, Storyful, ABC, and Digital First Media, to equip journalists with the skills to accurately serve the public with these necessary updates.  

The handbook will be freely available online to anyone interested in brushing up on their verification skills beginning Tuesday the 28th of January 2014. A print version will also be available to order soon thereafter. 

This EJC initiative is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, as well as by the African Media Initiative (AMI). The project is endorsed by numerous international organisations including UNHCR, UNAOC, and UNDP. 



Twitter hashtag: #emjo

For more information, please contact:

Madolyn Smith (Press), European Journalism Centre



Rina Tsubaki (Project Manager), European Journalism Centre


Tel: +31 43 325 40 30


Emergency Journalism
The objective of this initiative is to brings together news and resources necessary for media professionals reporting in and about volatile situations. Featuring up-to-date digital tools varying from content curation tools to multi-layered live maps, the initiative supports media coverage of emergencies such as natural disasters and political conflicts.