Anthony Adornato@AnthonyAdornatoSyracuse University                      1
When cobras and puppies tweet…howdo you know what to believe?                                    2
   Instructor selects photos (both real and fake) that    circulated on social media before being reported by    news out...
Group Exercise #1   PAUL MCCARTNEY HANGS                    OUT AT LOCAL TRUCKING                    COMPANY              ...
Group Exercise #2   SHARK SPOTTED SWIMMING IN                    FLOODED STREETS                    Holy moly! You see thi...
Group Exercise #3   ANN ROMNEY’S PLANE                    MAKES EMERGENCY                    LANDING                    Yo...
My Tips Go old school! Contact source What is the original source? Check location of the posts Social media history of...
What They Learn   Critical thinking – don’t take social    media info at face value   Analyze credibility of social medi...
Anthony Adornato@AnthonyAdornatoSyracuse University                      9
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Too Good to Be True? Verifying Social Media Information

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Presentation at 2013 Broadcast Education Association annual conference in Las Vegas.

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  1. 1. Anthony Adornato@AnthonyAdornatoSyracuse University 1
  2. 2. When cobras and puppies tweet…howdo you know what to believe? 2
  3. 3.  Instructor selects photos (both real and fake) that circulated on social media before being reported by news outlets. Each group assigned one photo with background info and discusses how they would verify/determine accuracy of the photo and information. Report back to class. Groups go online to find out the “real deal.” If fake, did news outlets get duped? Did they issue a correction? Report back to class. Collectively the groups create a master list of tips for verifying social media info. Instructor shares his/her best practices. 3
  4. 4. Group Exercise #1 PAUL MCCARTNEY HANGS OUT AT LOCAL TRUCKING COMPANY Mike Sims posted this photo on the Facebook page of WSTM-TV (Syracuse). Sims claimed Paul McCartney (yes, Sir McCartney, of Beatles fame!) stopped by NEMF Trucking in East Syracuse. 4
  5. 5. Group Exercise #2 SHARK SPOTTED SWIMMING IN FLOODED STREETS Holy moly! You see this tweet that includes a photo of a shark supposedly swimming along a Puerto Rico street flooded by Hurricane Irene. This tweet came from the account of a woman with the name of ‘Salma Khan.’ 5
  6. 6. Group Exercise #3 ANN ROMNEY’S PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING You see tweets about Ann Romney’s plane making an emergency landing in Colorado. Many of the tweets include this photo of firefighters entering an airplane. The original tweet, which was retweeted by dozens of people, came from an account using the name ‘Andrea Saul.’ 6
  7. 7. My Tips Go old school! Contact source What is the original source? Check location of the posts Social media history of source Seek official and social corroboration Beware of amazing images – TinEye.com | Google Images 7
  8. 8. What They Learn Critical thinking – don’t take social media info at face value Analyze credibility of social media sources/tips Balance pressure to disseminate with traditional news values Ease/risk of spreading misinformation on social media platforms Collaboration with colleagues 8
  9. 9. Anthony Adornato@AnthonyAdornatoSyracuse University 9

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