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Making Fact-Checking Videos You'll Actually Want to Watch

About This Course

Perhaps one of the most notable features of the 2016 election cycle in the United States has been the lack of strong fact-checking on TV- even as online fact-checkers are gathering record traffic.

Video fact-checking is often hampered by an imperfect "translation" of online content into a script for television.

Online fact checks usually rely on long explanations filled with links to primary sources and complex graphics. Transposing this directly onto video can make for content that is confusing, boring, or both.

At the same time, the desire to make a clear and entertaining clip can lead a video fact check to gloss over nuance and do a disservice to reality.

With the support of examples of TV fact checks from all over the world, this webinar walks' through some steps you could use to make sorting facts from fiction into content that is both rigorous and fun to watch.

What Will I Learn:

  • How to find engaging TV fact-checking formats to learn from
  • The key elements that can turn fact-checking into an entertaining TV format
  • Which claims work best for TV fact-checking
  • How to prepare to fact-check live

Who Should Take this Course:

TV producers, reporters and hosts keen to produce content about the election that is both informative and entertaining. Online video makers in a similar situation.

Course Instructor:

Alexios Mantzarlis

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".

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