There may come a time in your journalism career when you will have to start a story based on something posted to Twitter or another social network. Or, perhaps, you’ll simply have to refer to a tweet in a story.
Don’t laugh or think it’ll never happen. With the rate people are using social networking sites these days, it’s not a matter of if but when.
When your turn does come, refer to this handy blog post from Twitter Journalism that offers quite a few handy things you can do to make sure the person tweeting is tweeting the truth.