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Reverse Image Search

☀☀☀☀☀ Google image search has long been the go-to choice for anyone in need of a photo. But many are unaware of its other uses, notably the reverse image search, which can tell you the history and origin of a photo. (Journalists need to know a photo’s source to verify the image, and weed out an altered or fake one). Google News Lab and others, such as Interhacktives.com, explain how the tool works. Simply, you drag the image into the search bar. You’ll find the image’s online usage dating back as far as Google. — Cole Feinbloom

☀ The idea of the Google News Lab tool to reverse search images is a good one: taking images you may have saved without context and, with any luck, placing where the image originated from. Unfortunately, the tool didn’t work for me. After searching a logo for a local publication — a logo that is featured on Facebook fan pages, websites and blogs — Google’s search engine thought the image might be from the African Union, which also has a circular logo. A second attempt with a different image also failed. While intriguing, this tool has kinks to work out before it can be depended on. — Kelsey Hess

☀☀☀☀☀ Reverse Image Search: Most everyone is aware you can use Google to search for images, but many do not know that performing a reverse image search is just as easy. Basically, you click on the camera icon in the search bar and then enter a picture to learn more about it. The tool has multiple ways to search images: right clicking an online image, uploading an image URL or uploading a file. This tool easily allows anyone to access additional information about a photo such as where and when else it has been posted online. As demonstrated in the comprehensive Google News Lab Tutorial, this is a great tool for journalists to use as a fact-checker to verify a photo’s origin. — Melissa Szenda

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