Digital investigations: New online course teaches journalists how to follow the digital trail of people and entities

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The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas is offering the free online course, “Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities,” to help journalists obtain the tools necessary to investigate and monitor people and entities behind social media accounts.

The MOOC (massive open online course) will be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1, 2020, during four weeks, on Journalism Courses, the distance learning platform of the Knight Center.

Register now for this free course online here.

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Regardless of a journalist’s beat, any story will most likely have a digital element involved, according to BuzzFeed News media editor Craig Silverman, who will be leading the free course. For this reason, it is valuable to do digital monitoring, research and investigation to verify that the information aligns with what these entities are saying.

“This course is really essential because it can give any journalist

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The Golden Age of computer user groups

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Programmer power, indeed. (Here's a Tufts computer group sometime in the mid to late 1970. Getty caption explicitly states, "Note equipment and 1970s fashions.")
Enlarge / Programmer power, indeed. (Here’s a Tufts computer group sometime in the mid to late 1970. Getty caption explicitly states, “Note equipment and 1970s fashions.”)

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The Homebrew Computer Club where the Apple I got its start is deservedly famous—but it’s far from tech history’s only community gathering centered on CPUs. Throughout the 70s and into the 90s, groups around the world helped hapless users figure out their computer systems, learn about technology trends, and discover the latest whiz-bang applications. And these groups didn’t stick to Slacks, email threads, or forums; the meetings often happened IRL.

But to my dismay, many young technically-inclined whippersnappers are completely unaware of computer user groups’ existence and their importance in the personal computer’s development. That’s a damned shame. Our current reality may largely be isolated to screens, but these organizations helped countless enthusiasts find community because of them. Computer groups celebrated

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