Here are the steps needed to start and publish a fact checking report on WikiTribune:
- Pick a claim you think is empirical and verifiable. Choose from social media posts, viral videos, interviews, articles, etc. You are free to choose any claim, but do consider whether it actually checkable – we can’t check opinion or speculation, for example. You can refer to the WikiTribune fact checking guidelines here.
- Search online for primary and/or trusted secondary sources such as government data, independent studies and research papers that could help you reach an initial conclusion about the claim.
- Go to WikiTribune and start a new story, adding a headline, summary and tags.
- Draft the initial content, always using neutral and objective language.
- Cite the original claim and your sources clearly and properly – always provide a hyperlink in the appropriate place. If necessary, also put in sources in the “sources and references” box.
- You don’t need to create a perfect report at this stage, just save it when you’re happy – it will be live on the site as a draft story.
- After saving, the rest of the community will join in, so engage with them on the article’s “talk page.” The report you started is an evolving story, so keep editing and adding more sources.