On Twitter, be suspicious of eggheads

Social media curation tools like Storify are great for some types of digital journalism — but they also create a host of potential ethical pitfalls.  I’ve written about social media verification at length here, but was reminded this weekend that, sometimes, the simple tricks are the best.

This tip — and many others — came from Hoftra journalism professor Kelly Fincham at the conference I attended last weekend. Fincham explained that modern copy editors are as likely to handle tweets, Facebook posts and other pieces of social media as they are traditional content. Here are the slides from her presentation:

And here’s a list of some of her work on social media and ethics.

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