Ryan Thornburg has posted a quiz for his readers — an excerpt:
Could you explain how Twitter.com spread like wildfire the rumor of the death of Subway spokesman Jared Fogel? (And why it will be important for every political journalist to monitor the site on Nov. 3?)
Could you use Wikipedia’s revision history to see who edited the Jared Fogel entry with the false rumor of his death? Could you explain why the page is (probably) accurate right now?
SEO and whois are also on the quiz – do you know how these tools work, or even what they are? His point is that the bad people do know. They’re creating misinformation — the modern journalist needs to know how to filter it out.
I would add:
- What can you believe on a Wikipedia page?
- Can you identify a doctored image?
- Do you know how to check a story that seems too good to be true?
UPDATE – Spelled Ryan’s name wrong! Eek!! So sorry. Medill F.