Steve Buttry Blog: How to Verify Information from Tweets


Steve Buttry post a great piece on his blog last week dealing with verifying information from Twitter. It really is a must-read for students. He covers a substantial number of tips and provides links to other articles and presentations on the topic. His overarching message here is to make sure you are judicious about verifying information on social media – just as you should be judicious about verifying information you obtain during an interview. He goes into depth with the following subheads:

  • Evaluating Twitter sources
  • Evaluate context
  • Connect outside Twitter
  • Evaluate the situation
  • Consider crowdsourcing
  • The girlfriend hoax (relating to the fake girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player)
  • How do you verify?
  • Attributions and more resources

Take the time to check the link and share it with your students. It’s got a lot of good information for anyone in the social sphere.

You can find his article here: “How to verify information from tweets: Check it out


Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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