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Know Your Source will help you understand the steps we go through before we publish a video and support you in assessing the stories you see. In these five sections, we share knowledge and resources with you that will increase your ability to assess stories you see and improve your awareness of how news is produced.

Part 1

WHY IT MATTERS

In journalism, the source is fundamental to any story. When verifying a news video, the source has to be considered alongside the date the footage was filmed and where the footage was filmed. Source, date and location are the key pillars of the verification process.

Videos and images are not always as they seem. Disinformation can be harmful. It takes training and literacy to be able to navigate a fast-paced news environment where speed constantly takes precedence over accuracy. These resources aim to support you in assessing the news stories you see.

The following sections help you understand how important accurate sourcing and verification are. We give examples of what happens when it goes wrong, and outline how to get it right.

Part 2

INACCURATE SOURCING

Good journalism is only ever as good as its sources of information.

When journalists don’t verify their sources, news suffers. When the public doesn’t check sources before sharing, disinformation spreads. All too often the outcome is inaccurate news stories based on unverified sources of information. Verification and transparency have never been more important.

Here are three examples of inaccurate sourcing and its impact.
Venice dolphins
Did dolphins return to Venice canals during the Covid-19 lockdown?
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Syria airwars
On-the-ground coverage clarifies confusion over shot down aircraft in Syria
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France attack
The pattern of online disinfo after a terror attack
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Part 3

TRANSPARENT SOURCING

For a video news agency like Ruptly, our sources are our own field producers, our network of video journalists working across the globe or members of the public from whom we secure user-generated content. They are the people that film the video.

Source is the principal fundamental of journalism.

In traditional journalism, a source can be a member of the public who witnesses an event, it can be the expert in a field of work, maybe it’s a government official or perhaps it’s a whistleblower lifting the lid on malpractice in an organisation.

Downed jet
Devastating scene at Ukrainian airlines crash site.
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Million March
Anger at massive anti-government protest.
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Volcano evacuation
Violent eruption above a placid lake shoreline.
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Airstrike aftermath
Missiles rip through populated neighbourhood.
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Part 4

HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?

Sources are fundamental to journalism. As digital technologies develop, telling fact from fake becomes more difficult. In this section you can look at how newsrooms verify content, and also find out what resources you can use to assess video and online reports.

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Part 5

TEST YOUR SKILLS

Now you have explored what it means to verify a source, you’re ready to take our short quiz. Follow the trail of verification in these four real-life examples.

In each of these four cases you will see a video, and will then need to answer several questions about it. Pay attention to the details you see in the video, Any clues about what is happening, and where, will help you score high.