Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting just released in Arabic
Arabic speaking journalists now have another data tool at their fingertips. The European Journalism Centre and the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center in Doha, Qatar have officially released the Arabic translation of the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting.
Comprised of ten chapters and three case studies, the handbook provides best practices for evaluating and verifying open data, gives sound advice on fact-checking investigative projects and explores ethical approaches to user-generated content in investigations.
Yet, perhaps the most important lesson from the handbook is on developing an investigative mindset.
"Data, free or otherwise, can never replace good investigative research," writes Khadija Sharife in her chapter on corporate investigations.
"In order to do good investigative research, these days, one must become familiar with how and where knowledge can be found, and how best to access and develop it."
With this in mind, the translated version seeks to facilitate strong and powerful reporting by journalists in the Arab world by nurturing investigative skills in conjunction with more technical, data driven lessons.
The handbook is available for free thanks to financial support from the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center in Doha, Qatar, and the project was also made possible with a translation effort by Meedan, a non-profit based in San Francisco, California.