December 5, 2018

Who is fact-checking for? How can reporters avoid amplifying bogus claims? And is fact-checking even the best way to fight online fakery?

These are some of the biggest questions facing the ongoing battle against misinformation. And starting today, we’re tackling them in audio form.

Over the next three weeks, the International Fact-Checking Network is releasing a limited-run podcast about fact-checking and fake news. In each of the three episodes, we talk to fact-checkers, journalists and experts around the world to try and answer one big question about the industry.

In the first episode, we talk to Amy Sippitt of Full Fact and Brendan Nyhan of the University of Michigan about the audience for fact-checking: who reads it, who fact-checkers write for and who needs fact checks the most. Find that episode next Wednesday on our website and wherever you get your podcasts.

In the second and third episodes, we will speak to reporters and academics about how to avoid amplifying conspiracies while debunking them and whether or not fact-checking can scale to misinformation on the internet. Those episodes will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 26. Sign up for our newsletter to get them in your inbox every week, find all published episodes here and subscribe on:

This podcast is a pilot. We think it’s worth your time, but you might not agree — or might be flooded with podcasts. If you like what you hear and want us to make more, let us know using the form below or emailing

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since publication with additional links to podcasting platforms and new episode release dates.

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Daniel Funke is a staff writer covering online misinformation for PolitiFact. He previously reported for Poynter as a fact-checking reporter and a Google News Lab…
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