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Craig Silverman

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Craig Silverman
Silverman in 2017

Craig Silverman is a Canadian journalist and the media editor of BuzzFeed, and the former head of BuzzFeed's Canadian division. Known as an expert in "fake news",[1][2] he founded the "Regret the Error" blog in 2004, covering fact-checking and media inaccuracy, and authored a 2009 book of the same name, which won the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism from the National Press Club.

In 2011 he joined the Poynter Institute for Media Studies as an adjunct faculty member.[3][4] He also founded the hoax and rumor tracking website Emergent[5] and co-authored a biography of Michael Calce, the hacker known as MafiaBoy.[6] He received a 2013 Mirror Award for Best Commentary, Digital Media.[7]

Born in Nova Scotia, Silverman is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism[8]) and moved to Toronto to join BuzzFeed.[9]


  1. ^ Ingram, Mathew (December 2, 2016). "BuzzFeed Names Fake News Expert Craig Silverman as Its First Media Editor". Fortune.
  2. ^ Moses, Lucia (20 February 2017). "Day in the life: How BuzzFeed's Craig Silverman debunks fake news". Digiday.
  3. ^ Silverman, Craig (December 19, 2011). "About Regret the Error". Poynter.
  4. ^ Houpt, Simon (April 24, 2015). "BuzzFeed hires author of award-winning book on journalistic errors to head Canadian team". The Globe and Mail.
  5. ^ Ingram, Mathew (3 October 2014). "How Emergent founder Craig Silverman is using data to hunt down online hoaxes".
  6. ^ Goss, Doug (August 15, 2011). "'Mafiaboy' breaks silence, paints 'portrait of a hacker'". CNN. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  7. ^ Loughlin, Wendy S. (June 5, 2013). "Newhouse announces winners in 2013 Mirror Awards competition". Newhouse School | Syracuse University.
  8. ^ "Looking at the future of journalism". Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  9. ^ Shea, Courtney (3 March 2017). "Q&A: Craig Silverman, the Buzzfeed editor who helped make "fake news" a household phrase". Toronto Life.
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