Verification

When you're putting together a great story, you've got to consider the source! Scholars discover the dangers of errors in reporting during the 14th activity in a 16-part Social Media Toolbox series. Groups collaborate to create a source verification checklist for their publications to use as they write news stories.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Open the lesson by displaying a recent story of a reporting error that resulted in repercussions for the reporter and the publication
  • Encourage the group to begin creating a go-to source list to save time in verification
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow a little extra time for the brainstorming session, depending upon how familiar the class is with source verification
Pros

  • Learners gain valuable experience in locating and evaluating sources based upon a set of criteria
  • The resource presents the topic clearly 
Cons

  • None