Investigating the Internet: How to Sniff Out Scams

Course Overview

Title:
Investigating the Internet: How to Sniff Out Scams
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
$29.95
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

This upcoming Webinar will be broadcast on:
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:00pm Eastern Time Enroll Now
Can't attend the live Webinar? We'll have an archived replay available soon after the live session. Your registration will give you access to the replay plus our bonus resources.

Please note this webinar starts at 3 p.m. The time of this webinar differs from our typical 2 p.m. Eastern webinar time

The internet can be filled with fake news, dubious claims and phony sources just as much as it can offer useful, valuable information. Get the knowledge and know-how to figure out which is which in this one-hour webinar.

Craig Silverman will give an overview of the useful tools and techniques he uses to sniff out fake news hustlers and online scammers, and to investigate websites, people and social accounts online. Using tools and approaches that anyone can learn — regardless of technical expertise — you will get what you need to make the most of the vast array of publicly-available information online.

The tools showcased are either completely free or provide a free version, and they are essential for any reporter, editor or researcher working today.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to track back the owner of a website and examine its social footprint
  • How to investigate images and videos to determine their origin and authenticity
  • How to search Facebook and Twitter like a pro
  • How to find people online, and how to connect them to websites, companies and other entities
  • How to use a wide range of free tools to find information faster
Who Should Take this Course:

This webinar for all journalists working across different beats, as well as for researchers and others who need to track content and people on the internet. It provides a set of tools and techniques that can be applied to any beat or story, and does not require technical expertise or expensive subscriptions.

Course Instructor:

Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman (@craigsilverman) is the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada and a leading expert on media errors, accuracy and verification. He previously was a fellow with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and founded Emergent.info, a real-time rumor tracker.

Training Partner:

American Copy Editors Society (ACES)

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors. It is an organization built on the advocacy of editing as a craft vital to clear writing and reader advocacy.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
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  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

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