Fact-Checking

Poynter is the home of the International Fact-Checking Network, a forum for fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN was launched in September 2015, to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field.

    Participants of the Global Fact-Checking Summit in Madrid, July 2017

    Participants of the Global Fact-Checking Summit in Madrid, July 2017

    The International Fact-Checking Network:

    • Monitors trends and formats in fact-checking worldwide, publishing regular articles in the section below and in a weekly newsletter.
    • Helps uphold best practices through the fact-checkers' code of principles and projects to track the impact of fact-checking.
    • Funds annual fellowships and a crowdfunding match program.
    • Convenes fact-checkers in a yearly conference (Global Fact) and promotes collaborative efforts in international fact-checking.
    • Provides training in person and online.
    • Advocates for more fact-checking, including through an annual International Fact-Checking Day.

    The first and current Director of the IFCN is Alexios Mantzarlis. In September 2017 the Poynter-based staff of the IFCN grew to include Program Manager Dulce Ramos and Reporter Daniel Funke.

    The IFCN has received funding from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Duke Reporters’ Lab, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundations and the Park Foundation.

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