Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Citizen monitors have the opportunity and the potential to have a significant impact in influencing reform. Critical to the success of your work to promote change is the reporting of factual evidence.

Media role

Accurate information is a powerful tool for promoting change. The ability to meaningfully influence public discourse for reform is contingent on the accuracy of information you are presenting. Crowdsourcing can jeopardize any advantages you have gained if you present inaccurate information. Therefore, the importance of verifying information you gather through crowdsourcing is not only important to maintain your credibility, but also for the message of change you are promoting.

As someone looking to all sources of information - from traditional media to social media to first and second hand interviews - you need to look at the entire picture, and not just what is directly presented to you.

Look at the picture to the left. Clearly what is being portrayed on camera is not representative of reality. As citizen monitors you need to zoom out and analyze the entire picture. Otherwise, you will fall into the trap of reporting inaccurate information and hurt your credibility and your message.