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

About This Course

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.

You'll 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

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    Alexios Mantzarlis

    Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. He previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica and FactCheckEU, respectively Italy's main political fact-checking website and the EU's first multilingual crowd-checking project. He presented fact-checking segments on a weekly basis on Italian national broadcaster RAI, for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons of prime time TV show "Virus".