Committee of Concerned Journalists

CCJ is looking to reach the next generation of news consumers, and journalism students, whose efforts will one day build news that serves the public interest. The training application linked below is part of our efforts to reach a wider audience with the key principles CCJ promotes. We hope this material will prove useful in both journalism classes, and wider news literacy efforts.

The Verification Application, focuses on the principles of Verification, outlined by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in chapter four of The Elements of Journalism; these ideas have always represented the core principles of CCJ's mission.

This "Verification Application" was developed with the help of our partners at The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute, the News Literacy Program at SUNY Stony Brook, and a leading games designer. We would like to thank the Knight Foundation, for their support of this effort, and encouragement to adapt CCJ's work for the web.

The Elements of Verification

Committee of Concerned Journalists: Elements of Verification


Here in the CCJ section of the Reynolds Institute website, you will find:

  • CCJ’s innovative Verification App (immediately above)
  • Books, including Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel’s latest book, BLUR: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, now available in paperback from Bloomsbury Press. It is already a basic text or required reading in many journalism classes. And The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect, an enduring essential text in journalism schools across the United States that has been translated into more than 30 languages.
  • Commentary: CCJ articles and weekly columns.
  • Research: Summaries and links to industry research as highlighted by CCJ.
  • Speeches by CCJ members and founders on leading issues in journalism.

Training sessions using the curriculum CCJ used to train journalists in the United States and several countries around the world in critical thinking and the methodology of verification will continue, managed by CCJ training director Wally Dean. He can be contacted at