Closing the Credibility Gap

September 2009
Nieman Reports;Fall2009, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p44
The article offers insights on how journalists can discern which online information is credible, using tools developed by Internet users. It relates the case of former ABC News correspondent Pierre Salinger who claimed to have found documents proving that U.S. Navy missiles had shot down TWA Flight 800 in 2006. Some tools and approaches which can be used to rate the quality of information on the Web include online coverage documents with links to primary sources, bloggers who lay out their backgrounds and biases in a stream of posts over the years. INSET: MediaBugs: Correcting Errors and Conversing.


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