Retweeting unverified information can cause havoc to the reputation of your own name or that of your brand, company, or media outlet!
WHAT: This course will make it easy for anyone to perform a quick fact check on any tweet that surfaces on Twitter. I will first explain the two basic questions to ask about any tweet that shows up in your Twitter feed. Then, I will give a run-down on a few simple tools and procedures to verify both the source and the content of a tweet.
WHO: This course is for anyone who is concerned about the accuracy of the tweets that they create, read, or retweet.
WHEN and HOW: Complete this course at your own pace. Do expect a couple of homework assignments however!
I am a former multimedia journalist (New York Times, NPR, IHT), fact checker (Forbes Asia), and communications specialist for the UN and the World Bank. I love clean, elegant writing that tells a good story and I love teaching others how to do it for themselves. I am also a firm proponent of fact checking and hope to convince my students that we are all responsible for the authority and veracity of our content, whether we are journalists, bloggers, business owners, or activists. www.megancossey.com