I asked my daughter where she got her news. To my surprise, she said from Twitter. And she didn’t mean @washingtonpost — but through Tweets from friends in her Twitter community. I asked how she could be sure the news was true. She explained that it’s vetted aggressively by the crowd.
But where do they go to check out rumors? What sources do they consider credible? Andy Carvin, NPR online community organizer, shows how journalistic social media communities — communities that use reporting skills and values to collect and disseminate information — can play a crucial role. His tick-tock (or Tweet-tock) of a fact-check collaboration by him and his followers provides a playbook for how to do it right: