Trust and verification in an age of misinformation

Year of production: 2018

Image is illustrative. By United Nations COVID-19 Response on Unsplash.

The course materials are broken up into four modules:

Module 1: Looks at how journalists have traditionally built trust, and how they’ve traditionally verified content. Special guest: Jay Rosen, New York University

Module 2: Covers how today’s media is democratized, mediated by algorithms, and easier to manipulate than ever before. We will examine how these factors challenge and change the way journalists build trust and perform verification. Special guest: Claire Wardle, First Draft News

Module 3: Covers how to verify images, video, social media accounts, and websites. This module also offers instruction in how to track and analyze social sharing and traffic patterns of content, and how to push back against misinformation. Special guest: Malachy Browne, New York Times

Module 4: Journalists must actively work to build trust and connections with the public, and we must also be transparent about how we do our work. Learn best practices for doing both. Special guest: Joy Mayer, Trusting News Project


Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin provides high-level training, resources, news and information to journalists from around the world. We do this through our pioneering online learning program, Journalism Courses; our trilingual news magazine, Latin American Journalism Review; our annual International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), and more. The Knight Center was created in 2002 at the Moody College of Communication's School of Journalism and Media of UT Austin by professor Rosental Alves, Knight Chair in Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication.