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Community of Practice

Grounded in academic research and working with a community of practice, First Draft coordinates with stakeholders across the globe to tackle common issues, including ways to streamline verification of textual and visual content, build frameworks for researching misinformation, and increase information literacy. First Draft’s community of practice brings together social platforms, newsrooms, professional associations, research labs, and universities to find and test shared solutions to the challenges of ethically sourcing information claim verification, and reporting stories that emerge online. Central to the First Draft approach is the open sharing of research and tools that help stop the spread of mis- and dis-information online.

Beyond the newsroom, the community of practice includes academic and research partners from institutions that offer programs in journalism, communications, computer science or human rights. Faculty at these institutions study the same issues and challenges addressed by First Draft. Academic and research partners are invited to conduct and contribute to relevant research projects.

Everyone in the Community of Practice is granted access to a 5-unit online verification course that features teaching materials, participant activities and discussions, instructional videos, and interactive resources.

Community of Practice

Founding

Core

Academic & Research

Technology

Core

The Core members of our community of practice are journalism, human rights and technology organizations that have an international remit and work at the intersection of information distribution and social media.

They have been invited based on their capacity to actively contribute to relevant initiatives and their existing dedication to improving practices in the ethical sourcing, verification and reporting of stories that emerge online. Each member may have up to four representatives who are committed to sharing knowledge, devising policies and contributing to the development of tools and training.

Academic & Research

Our academic and research community members are from institutions that have programs in journalism, communications, computer science or human rights; have faculty dedicated to the issues and challenges addressed by First Draft; and have research or fact-checking teams. Academic and research members are invited to conduct and contribute to relevant research projects and will be granted access to a 15-week newsgathering and verification curriculum featuring teaching materials, learner guides, class activities, instructional videos and interactive resources.

First Draft is a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center.