Verifying Information in Challenging Environments for Citizen Monitors

Just like when you are looking at language to authenticate the source of information, it is important to look at language to verify the content of the information. Language can give you some indication about the veracity of the information reported.

When analyzing the language in information it is important to look at the following:

Use of Dialectical Words Use of Official Language Use of Vocabulary, Slang, and Accents

Is the language used neutral or is the person using a lot of adjectives and qualitative judgments on the information reported?

Is the language biased?

Is the language technical?

Are words like “breaking news”, “urgent”, and “confirmed” used?

Does the information contain journalist colloquialisms or human rights jargon?

Are there particular inflections, slang words or grammatical mistakes in the report?

Does the language used seem to correspond to a particular dialect?