Verifying what’s true and what’s false

Verification is very important when it comes to journalism. One of the most important things is that all your information should be verified to make sure your facts, images, or videos are correct.

These days on social media such as Instagram or Twitter people could easily know if a person or news source is verified by looking for the blue check next to the accounts name.



While doing my dataset research, there were many websites I needed to make sure that the information I took was correct. The two websites I used to verify my information was and also . I use these two websites to put my facts that I want to verify and they would confirm to me how true a fact is.

There were websites I was using to check the cost of tuition at different colleges in Michigan. When coming along to the facts I was getting certain prices and I wanted to make sure the price is accurate. Snopes and FactCheck let me know if it was true, false, or in the middle.

Verifying everything you put online and making sure it is accurate is very important for reporting.



Fired for not shooting a human!

I have to bring awareness to such a topic because we are living in times of amazing changes that will challenge the peoples’ moral and intergrity.

I found this story to be overwhelmingly strange while reading it via internet, (NBC NEWS).  An officer from west Virgina, had been fired for not shooting a suspect who supposedly held a gun at the time of his pursuit; Stephen has now reached a settlement for one hundred seventy five thosand American dollars.pexels-photo-290386.jpeg

The police officer Stephen Mardar, has stated that he did nothing wrong, and that he should have not been wrongfully fired for not shooting the twenty three year old suspect which at the time he felt the situation could have been handled more sensibly. Stephen Madar also stated that he did everything he could to save the young black male who had been unjustly shot by another cop and than later pronounced dead.

I found this story to be blog worthy because justice served is the only way to live peacefully within ourselves and in our communities.


Ten tools to improve the journalism experience

The tools listed in “Ten Tools to Learn, More to Explore” can either improve or complicate the journalism experience.

Some of these tools need further explanation on how to use them because of the extended skills needed to operate the programs.

One tool, DocumentCloud, gives the ability to dig deeper into articles which can be very helpful when writing a long story.

Features available in DocumentCloud include the option of giving further information about what is presented in the article. If the desire to learn about a specific date, organization, place or person is present, journalists are given extended details about their topics.

Highlighting and annotating are a part of this tool as well. Similar to a PowerPoint, journalists can use this tool to produce public and private notes to better describe articles. Summarization is an important tool to include so that people in a rush can read a smaller excerpt of a story.

Journalist can also publish work and share with others on DocumentCloud. This gives the opportunity to receive publicity for articles and blogs at a larger perspective. Links can be posted, leading people to publications all over the world.

“DocumentCloud contains court filings, hearing transcripts, testimony, legislation, reports, memos, meeting minutes and correspondence,” said a statement on the DocumentCloud website.

This feature gives journalists the opportunity to trace back a large amount of information to include in future articles, adding another tool to connect the world.