March 27, 2019

April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day, launched in 2017 by Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to raise awareness of the importance of fact-checking in the modern era of misinformation. The day celebrates facts and equips journalists, professional fact-checkers, educators and citizens with resources to help separate fact from fiction.

The premise is simple: We believe that fact-checking isn’t only for professional fact-checkers. Society relies on an accurate information ecosystem for democracy to thrive. We can all play a role in curbing the spread of misinformation.

Since International Fact-Checking Day’s modest beginning three years ago, Poynter’s work in accountability journalism and media ethics has expanded. In January of 2018, Poynter acquired the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact from the (Poynter-owned) Tampa Bay Times, and shortly thereafter, we launched MediaWise — a project in partnership with Stanford University History Education Group and funded by Google — to help teenagers be more savvy consumers of online information.

And, earlier this year, we announced plans to launch the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter.

Even with all of this dedicated effort towards the fight against misinformation, there’s more work to be done. That’s where you come in. Take advantage of the International Fact-Checking Day resources and join the quest for the truth.

Here’s how you can make the most of it:

If you’re a teacher

If you’re a student

  • Follow MediaWise on Instagram.
  • Use #IsThisLegit to send MediaWise posts you think might be misinformation and the staff will help you figure it out.
  • Check out the organic Snapchat Our Story featuring MediaWise tips and Snaps from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs student reporters.
  • Watch NBC’s “Stay Tuned” daily news show on Snapchat as it features special guest, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt – the first MediaWise Ambassador – sharing MediaWise fact-checking tips with host Savannah Sellers.
  • Visit the YouTube Learning channel guest picks playlist on YouTube celebrating fact-checking and digital literacy, including a series of videos created in partnership with the MediaWise project and from the International Fact-Checking Network.
  • Stream this Smarter Every Day video to see how to improve your social feeds.
  • Keep an eye out for opportunities to join the MediaWise teen fact-checking network.

If you’re a journalist or professional fact-checker

If you’re a news consumer

If you’re a fan

  • Stand up for the facts — become a PolitiFact member and receive your Pants on Fire sticker.
  • Consider making a donation to Poynter to support our work advancing journalistic excellence.
  • Connect with us if you’re interested in funding fact-checking programs around the world.

On April 2, engage, participate and help Poynter, the International Fact-Checking Network, MediaWise and PolitiFact make some noise, raise awareness and educate people around the world about the importance of finding facts.

Together, we can make a difference in the fight against misinformation.

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