SPJ Workshop with Ceillie Simkiss

On November 14 at 6 p.m. we had a SPJ Workshop hosted by Ceillie Simkiss titled “Social Media Verification, or how to not make an ass of yourself on the internet.” It was a really good workshop that started out with a picture of a vampire deer (with antlers) and the question was posed, is this real? How do we verify this?

We were then taken through a list of websites to know how to verify, here are just the ones we talked about:

  1. http://www.emergent.info – check for already debunked stuff
  2. http://www.snopes.com – check for already debunked stuff
  3. http://www.churnalism.com – Check to see if part/all of an article is from a press release.
  4. http://truthy.indiana.edu/botornot/ – check to see the likelihood of a Twitter user being a bot.
  5. http://www.spokeo.com – creep on people, paid
  6. http://www.pipl.com – creep on people
  7. http://www.webmii.com – see what other social media websites a person is on
  8. http://www.panoramio.com – do the images look like they should for the area?
  9. http://www.wolframalpha.com
  10. http://izitru.com – check images for photoshop!
  11. http://www.tineye.com – where else has this been used before?
  12. http://www.veri.ly – crowdsourced confirmation of photos
  13. http://www.zeef.com – categorically organized media groups
  14. http://www.politifact.com – political truth-o-meter

It was amazing and very educational, thank you Ceillie for hosting this, looking forward to the next one on Tuesday night November 18 at 6 p.m. in room 144 of Stillwell

And the vampire deer, it is real.

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