Markham Nola, the managing editor of, talks about how his organization uses online and social media tools to verify the authenticity of breaking news event reports from unknown sources.

Some excellent ideas on how to cross-reference information to verify it. Is this a better system then having known reporters, with known agendas, on the scene? Probably not – but in an era of user-generated content, there is a massive need to verify these reports.

(Thanks to student Tessa Harmon for the link.)

Mark E. Johnson

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