Journalist Guides
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Journalist Guides

Trauma GuideFirst Draft is dedicated to improving skills and standards in the reporting and sharing of information that emerges online.  We provide practical and ethical guidance in our Journalist Guides in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.

Here are the first three handbooks available for download. Let us know what other topics you’d like to see included in the First Draft series.

Handbook 1: A Journalist’s Guide to Social Sources | In Japanese

Handbook 2: Copyright Law and Eyewitness Media

Handbook 3: Journalism and Vicarious Trauma