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The Heritage Foundation is running an ad that implies non-citizens are voting in US elections. The ad advocates voting in conservative leadership to stop this alleged problem.
Potential Reach: >1M people
Amount Spent: <$100
Turning Point Action is running an ad that claims antifa is “killing innocent Americans.” Despite being a youth-focused organization, the ad is targeted primarily to men aged 65+.
Potential Reach: 10,000 to 50,000 people
Amount Spent: <$100
In her latest show, journalist Dania Alexandrino repeats claims made by National Intelligence director John Ratcliffe about a lack of intelligence linking emails allegedly sourced from Hunter Biden’s laptop to a “Russian disinformation campaign,” although reports say the FBI is in part investigating Russian provenance. These emails, with disputable origins, sparked accusations of corruption against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Alexandrino and her guests claim the media is not covering the story because of political bias favoring Joe Biden. Her show has been viewed more than 5,000 times on Facebook.
Sneaky #osint Telegram trick I learned from @jailongo today that is so simple but I never thought to do it: You can do site searches within telegram groups by typing "site:https://t.co/vNHiM8dlzR" and then your search terms.
— Shaydanay Urbani (@shayurbani) October 20, 2020
How to set up Boolean queries to find specific things on the social web, which comes in handy during breaking news situations.
“We have to treat social media with the same rigor as other outlets,” says Stacy-Marie Ishmael, editorial director at the Texas Tribune.
A Latinos for Trump car caravan billed as representing Nicaraguan, Venezuelan and Cuban people living in South Florida drew hundreds of cars over the weekend, reported the Local10, a Miami-based ABC affiliate. The station noted that the Miami Police Department told the station it does not estimate crowd sizes, contradicting an online rumor that the the police had counted the crowd at 30,000 cars.
Google Trends data helps you to see what topics people are searching for. This can be useful as a tool for understanding what topics people are confused about, and if you’re a journalist it might serve as inspiration for a story idea.
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Our team has assembled CrowdTangle dashboards on these key election topics. The dashboards surface top posts with problematic search words on Facebook, Instagram and Reddit.
We’ve assembled some First Draft training resources on key topics.
Election news updated every 15 minutes from News API, from Google News.
Top pages in Wikipedia are one indicator of public interest. Like Google Trends data, it can help journalists think about potential story ideas.
The top five articles according to NewsWhip’s analysis tool, which gauges public interest around a topic or theme.
From NewsWhip, these are the most over-performing posts across Facebook.
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The latest First Draft research report collects analysis from our Local News Fellows in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.