How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer

Course Overview

How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer
Originally Broadcast On:
February 25, 2016
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Politicians campaigning for office. Government officials defending their track records. Publications prioritizing traffic and clickbait over accuracy and ethics.

These are three prime sources of misinformation and false claims in today's information ecosystem - though by no means the only ones. Journalists and their audiences are wary of published claims but don't always feel empowered to fact-check them once the statements have been made.

Through this webinar, you will learn what can and can't be fact-checked after publication, what precautions you should use to make your fact-checking as rigorous as possible and what approach you can take to increase the impact of your fact checks.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why bother? An overview of what we know about the effect of fact-checking
  • First, do no harm (how to be a responsible media consumer)
  • Finding and choosing claims that can be fact-checked
  • Adopting a methodology that will minimize your own errors
  • How to scrutinize the sources you are going to use (science, data sets)
  • Effective ways to present your fact checks
Who Should Take this Course:

This webinar is intended as the first stop for anyone interested in learning more about fact-checking published statements. Are you:

  • A journalist who is considering fact-checking as a way to cover a story for your newsroom?
  • A non-journalist who would like to introduce or promote fact-checking within your local or national media context?
  • A news junkie concerned with the accuracy of the content you are consuming?

If the answer is "Yes" to any of the above, attend the webinar!

Course Instructor:

Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers around the world.

As Director of the IFCN, Alexios has helped draft the fact-checkers' code of principles, shepherded a partnership between third-party fact-checkers and Facebook, testified to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on the "fake news" phenomenon and helped launch International Fact-Checking Day.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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