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On Demand


Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities

This self-directed course features content from the Knight Center for Journalism in the America‘s massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Digital investigations for journalists: How to follow the digital trail of people and entities.” The four-week course took place from October 5 to November 1, 2020. We are now making the content free and available to students who took the course and anyone else who’s interested in learning how to investigate digital content and accounts.

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The course was taught by Craig Silverman, Brandy Zadrozny, Jane Lytvynenko, and Johanna Wild. They created and curated the content for the course, which includes video classes, readings, exercises, and more.

The course materials are broken into four modules, along with an introductory module:

We encourage you to watch the videos, review the readings, and complete the exercises as time allows. The course materials build off each other, but the videos and readings also act as standalone resources that you can return to over time.

We hope you enjoy the materials. If you have any questions, please contact us at journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu.

Craig SilvermanCraig Silverman is an award-winning journalist and author and one of the world’s leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations. He is the media editor of BuzzFeed News where he covers platforms, online disinformation, and media manipulation. Craig is also the editor of the European Journalism Centre’s Verification Handbook series. He was named to the Politico 50 for his work exposing fake news and its effect on American politics, and is the recipient of the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association, which honors “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”






Brandy ZadroznyBrandy Zadrozny is an award-winning investigative and features reporter for NBC News where she covers misinformation, extremism, and the internet. This year alone, she’s written definitive stories on the QAnon conspiracy, Trump propaganda outlet The Epoch Times, and the profiteers behind the rising anti-vaccination movement and coronavirus misinformation online. Previously, Brandy was at The Daily Beast where she covered politics and the internet as a senior reporter. She has an MLIS and in a former life, worked as a librarian and instructor in news, college, and public libraries.







Jane LytvynenkoJane Lytvynenko is an award-winning reporter at BuzzFeed News where she focuses on disinformation, cyber security, and online investigations. Jane has uncovered social media manipulation campaigns associated with state actors, financially-motivated bad actors spreading disinformation, and key data breaches. Her work also brings accessible fact-checking to wide audiences during times of crisis.







Johanna WildJohanna Wild is an open source investigator at Bellingcat and is passionate about tech and tool development for digital investigations. She has a journalism background and spent several years in (post-)conflict regions where she supported journalists from Eastern Africa and the Middle East to investigate and report on local conflict dynamics.

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
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Phone: 512-471-1391

Email: journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu