Welcome to the massive open online course (MOOC) “Trust and verification in an age of misinformation,” from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. This is a free course open to anyone located anywhere around the world who wants to learn about the dynamics of trust and transparency in digital journalism and how to verify digital content and debunk online misinformation.
Module 1: Fundamentals of trust and verification
A look at how journalists have traditionally built trust, and how they’ve traditionally performed the process of verification.
Special guest: Jay Rosen, New York University
Module 2: Understanding today's media environment
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: Verifying/debunking misinformation
Learn 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: Building trust through transparency and accountability.
Journalists must actively work to build trust and connection 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