Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

The process of content verification begins by asking who, what, where, when, why, and how. To answer these questions, you need to look at specific parts of the information you collected and ask yourself several questions.


  • Who are the parties involved?


  • What actually happened? Can you rebuild the entire fact with all the information you


  • Where did it happen?


  • When did it happen?


  • Is there any information on why it happened or the intention of the perpetrators?


  • How did it happen?

In some cases you might not be able to answer all of the questions directly; therefore you will need to do additional research on the information you collected to answer the remaining questions. Later on in the lesson you will learn how to cross-reference information to help you fill any voids in the information you have collected.