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Taakad: Campaiging for More Accurate News

TaakadLogoInitiated by social technology nonprofit Meedan, CheckDesk is both a project and a tool that helps Arab newsrooms incorporate the ever-increasing number of citizen voices reporting news in social media by empowering them to question and verify reports via crowdsourcing. The expectation is that improved accuracy and credibility of news will not only enhance the media’s ability to speak to the public interest but will also improve civic participation in newsmaking. SMEX, in collaboration with the newspaper An Nahar, have partnered with Meedan to develop an instance of CheckDesk—and the citizen reporters needed to populate it—in Lebanon. SMEX will recruit and train more than 200 citizen journalists from communities across the country on how to capture news with social media and submit verifiable reports.

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