The unproven lab leak theory, Wuhan lab and virus origin: Reporting best practices
Ongoing investigations into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic have created a minefield for journalists and audiences.
‘An unquestionable truth’: Religious misinformation in the coronavirus pandemic
As the pandemic spreads in Latin America, some Christian communities find themselves caught between faith and science.
Coronavirus: How pro-mask posts boost the anti-mask movement
Despite the trending hashtags and media coverage, research shows anti-maskers are often amplified by algorithms, Twitter and the people who mock them.
Vaccine nationalism: How geopolitics is shaping responses to the pandemic
Geopolitical and nationalist narratives have been playing out in different communities, fomenting false information around treatments and cures for the coronavirus.
'Fake news' laws, privacy & free speech on trial: Government overreach in the infodemic?
The infodemic has prompted some governments to restrict online speech in an attempt to stop the spread of false information. The cost? Fundamental human rights and freedoms.
Tracking the infodemic: Charting six months of coronavirus misinformation
Six months after the World Health Organization first declared an 'infodemic', what have we learned about coronavirus misinformation?
Reporting on coronavirus: How to use WhatsApp to find stories and communities
How can you use WhatsApp in your reporting, and what practical and ethical issues should you consider?
The importance of local context in taking on misinformation: Lessons from AfricaCheck
Understanding the culture, conditions, and history of a community or place is vital to reporting on — and challenging — misinformation. A recent First Draft webinar tapped into the experiences of AfricaCheck to understand the role local context plays in misinformation.
How to talk to family and friends about that misleading WhatsApp message
Showing empathy and not expecting immediate changes in behaviour are recommended approaches for someone who has shared misinformation.