Social media as a primary source? (9/11)

Verification of sources has always been important to journalism. But on social media, where anyone can say anything and reach thousands of people, it is vitally important and increasingly challenging. One of the challenges is that vetting a source takes time, however, ‘if speed is the currency of the modern information era, misinformation is the increasingly high cost.’

While there are a number of online tools to help journalists with the verification process, it is unclear to what degree these are actually used. Ultimately, verification comes down to the journalists’ knowledge and use of technology as well as their commitment to standards of accuracy.

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