Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Fakery


Image: Circulating widely online, this is a Photoshop fake.
There’s a simple truth in journalism: big weather brings an onslaught of fake images.

This is already fully on display with Sandy, as evidenced by an old shot taken at the Tomb of the Unknowns that’s circulating today, along with several other fake or old images that have taken flight on Twitter and Instagram.

“A new site called Is Twitter Wrong? is listing fake images. BuzzFeed has also built a list of nine fake images, as well as a quiz you can take to test your skills at spotting fakes. Similarly, The Atlantic has started sorting out the fake Sandy photos from the real ones.’” . . .

“Overall, remember to always beware of amazing shots that circulate during breaking news situations. Events like Sandy are ideal for hoaxes, and they love nothing more than getting the press to share their handiwork.”

—Craig Silverman, editor, Regret the Error, The Poynter Institute, “How journalists can avoid getting fooled by fake Hurricane Sandy photos,” Oct. 29, 2012

• Editorial Comment: Hey! Isn’t that Charlie’s boat? Seeing ain’t believing for media-smart folk in the Brave New Twitterworld..

Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker about the impact of editorial cartoons? Click here.

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