November 7, 2016

Social media can be rife with misinformation. Before you share a Facebook post or use other social media in your reporting, here are some red flags to watch out for:

  • Too good or too horrible to be true
  • Extremely precise/extremely broad
  • Misspellings and bad grammar
  • Audio doesn’t match video
  • Unattributed research
  • Designed to scare or anger

Taken from Fact-checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism, a self-directed course by Alexios Mantzarlis and Jane Elizabeth at Poynter NewsU.

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Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current…
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