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Posts by Alexios Mantzarlis

About 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 globally. Mantzarlis 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 has presented fact-checking segments on Italian TV and led seminars on fact-checking around the world. Before becoming a fact-checker he worked for the United Nations and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.
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Rivals become partners in Norway's newest fact-checking project

Imagine that The New York Times, The Washington Post and PBS launched a joint fact-checking project. That is, roughly speaking, what happened in Norway earlier this week. VG and Dagbladet, Norway's two largest online news sources by readership, joined forces with NRK, the public broadcaster, to launch Faktisk. The initiative, a team of at least five journalists led by … Read More
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This online tool makes checking crowd sizes easier

Donald Trump is neither the first nor the last politician to mislead the public about his crowd's size. Long before the 45th President of the United States was grossly overestimating attendance at his inauguration, another tycoon-turned-politician was exaggerating his own turnouts. Silvio Berlusconi, a fixture of Italian politics for two decades, claimed more than 10 years ago that … Read More
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Fact-checking changes minds but not votes, according to new research

Facts-don't-matter headline writers take note: According to new research, fact-checking may be an effective medicine against misinformation. However, it doesn't seem likely to move people at the ballot box. A study published today by Royal Society Open Science concentrated specifically on statements — both factual and inaccurate — made by Donald Trump during the Republican primary campaign. Read More
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There are now 114 fact-checking initiatives in 47 countries

Facts may be passé, but fact-checking appears to be a growth industry. The latest figures by the Duke Reporters' Lab indicate there are 114 dedicated fact-checking teams in 47 countries. When the Lab first counted up fact-checkers in 2014, the same number was 44. While some of this increase is a matter of identification rather than creation — Duke … Read More
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Journalism can't afford for corrections to be next victim of 'fake news' frenzy

In a Facebook post, Barbara Tyler is merciless. "Hey, did anyone think of proofreading your headline today before the paper went to press? I am pretty sure Trump did not replace his vice president. Fake news at its best. Sometimes I wonder why I continue to subscribe to your paper." Tyler was responding to an extraordinary slip-up by The … Read More
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What does "The Death of Expertise" mean for fact-checkers?

For populists on both sides of the Atlantic, "expert" is now an expletive, a synonym for out-of-touch elitists swindling the common man. This was perhaps most obvious during the Brexit referendum campaign, when the UK Justice Secretary and "Leave" advocate Michael Gove told a stunned interviewer that "the people of this country have had enough of experts ... from organizations with acronyms saying that … Read More
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Months after losing funding, ABC Fact Check is back

Last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had come under criticism for shutting down its Fact Check unit after the government halted funding. Before the shutdown, ABC Fact Check was one of the most notable TV fact-checking efforts worldwide. On Tuesday, ABC News announced the operation would relaunch, thanks to a new partnership with RMIT University. Read More
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PolitiFact raised $105,000 in 20 days through its newly launched membership program

The Committee to Protect Journalists saw a spike in donations after Meryl Streep's Golden Globe hat-tip; The New York Times and Vanity Fair, both objects of unflattering presidential tweets, have seen subscriptions surge. Now PolitiFact, the fact-checking outfit of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times, seems set to benefit from a Trump bump. Between donations and pledges, PolitiFact … Read More
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When is a false claim a lie? Here's what fact-checkers think.

Readers have had enough of the media not calling things by their names. Take Don Miller, of Littleton, Colorado, for example: Do you remain asea in 'political correctness,' or are you just being kind when you make reference to 'whoppers' and 'falsehoods?' A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie, intended to sway and/or influence the recipient, … Read More
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Don't ridicule 'alternative facts.' Fact-check them

2016 is back with a vengeance. Last year, throughout the presidential campaign, journalists wondered how and whether to fact-check political figures live on air. Kellyanne Conway's Sunday morning appearance on "Meet the Press" is a clear indication that those questions are as pressing now as they were then. The counselor to President Trump sparred with host Chuck Todd over the … Read More
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What will happen to fact-checking in 2017? Here are 7 guesses

Fact-checkers had a big year in 2016; will 2017 prove as eventful? Below are seven predictions of what the year ahead holds in store for fact-checking. As with the 2016 predictions, I promise to return to these when the year is over and evaluate how they fared. (You can check out last year's annotated predictions here). 1. Fact-checkers … Read More
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Regulation, the Inquisition, and popular tribunals: Italy's fake news debate just got real

Italy's fake news debate has been so bitter that its U.S. equivalent feels like a schoolyard tiff by comparison. Sure, those upset with Donald Trump's victory have accused Facebook of tilting the election by enabling an unmitigated spread of misinformation, while the president-elect and his team repurposed the fake news epithet to attack mainstream media. The extent to which the phenomenon … Read More
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366 links to understand fact-checking in 2016

2016 was fact-checking's finest year [1]. No it wasn't, it was the year of "post-truth" [2] — some preferred "post-fact" [3] — and fact-checking is a fool's errand. The discussion about facts in journalism worldwide has rarely been as fractured and animated as it has been in 2016, so we collected 366 links, one for each day … Read More
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Best of media corrections, 2016 edition

Our annual collection of media corrections is, undoubtedly, an excuse to chuckle at our industry's missteps. But it's also a recognition of an honorable practice that not everyone follows. Outlets that mark their corrected articles clearly or collect them in one easily searchable section (for example, The Guardian) may be over-represented in this list, but they should be commended. A note … Read More
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5 tips for headline writers dealing with fact-light tweets

On Sunday night, just as Americans were reaching the end of their Thanksgiving leftovers, their Twitter feeds were clogged with unfounded allegations of voter fraud by the President-elect. tf is even the point of journalism? pic.twitter.com/aqcUKGdEZJ — Christopher Wong (@chrswng) November 27, 2016 As with the aftermath of Trump's Hamilton tweetstorm, political editors … Read More
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