Journalists deal in trust, so our audience’s confidence in our accuracy is our most valued currency. But by pairing the Internet's swiftness with conflicting reports pouring out of Ukraine, Gaza and other places, a surefire formula emerges for error-ridden reports in the media. None of this is new: when the telegraph was first invented, critics accused the speed of information it offered as a weapon for rumormongering. Sound familiar?
The largest difference today, of course, would be the number of tools at our disposal for debunking unfounded hearsay before it finds its way onto the airwaves and into our publications. That’s why for this week’s #MuckedUp tweetchat we want to focus on the verification of breaking news. What are some of the best practices and tools we should be using to get information out quickly but correctly, even when under the duress of deadlines?
Next week's guest journalist is ready to provide those answers. Craig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog you'll already know for its focus on media errors, corrections and trends regarding accuracy and verification. Silverman is also the editor of the Verification Handbook, a free resource published by the European Journalism Centre. The former managing editor of PBS MediaShift as well as a member part of the team that launched OpenFile.ca, his journalism and books have been recognized by the Mirror Awards, National Press Club, Canadian National Magazine Awards, and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to a tweetchat under Silverman's capable guidance. Have a question in mind you’d like to ask our guest about verifying news when you're down to the wire? Email or tweet them to me by noon on Monday, then join us on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST to hash it all out.