A fact-checking army from 88 countries is heading to Norway

January 21, 2020
Category: Fact-Checking,IFCN

Oslo will become the world capital of fact-checking in June. More than 500 people from 88 countries have applied to Global Fact 7, which means the next edition of the International Fact-Checking Network’s annual summit will be the largest and the most diverse in its history.

“At GF7, I hope to further strengthen collaboration among fact-checkers and help find solutions to problems we all face: from managing fact-checking teams, scaling our anti-disinformation efforts and getting better at dealing with attacks on us because of our work,” wrote Tania Roettger, head of the German fact-checking team Correctiv, in her application.

“I hope to exchange automatization solutions and social media monitoring experiences to improve my project that is focused on delivering a high-quality analysis on mis/disinformation during an election,” said Carol Cavaleiro, project manager from Aos Fatos in Brazil.

Alberto Puoti, a supervising producer for RAI in Italy, said he wants to know “what makes fact-checking work on TV.” He wonders if “TV authors should work on creating a real format with precise rules” or not.

For the seventh year running, Global Fact will bring together fact-checkers, journalists, scholars and representatives of tech platforms, as well as other professionals and students interested in this form of journalism. It will be a practitioner’s conference, where participants will come together to share their experiences and learn about best practices to implement in their own work.

Global Fact 7 will take place in Norway at the Oslo Metropolitan University’s City Center Campus from June 24-27. It is being organized by the IFCN in partnership with Norwegian fact-checking organization Faktisk.no, OsloMET University, the journalism training institute Institutt for Journalistikk and the foundation for investigative journalism SKUP. The conference will kick off with the academic track, on the first day, and will be followed by the official opening of Global Fact 7, on June 25th.

In its seventh edition, Global Fact will run four other tracks: an editorial, a training, a developers’ track and an executive’s track. More than 70 verified signatories to IFCN’s Code of Principles will be in attendance.

“The Global Fact conferences have been able to serve the fact-checking community primarily by offering a venue for discussions among the practitioners, researchers, platforms, and the broader journalistic community since 2013,” said Baybars Orsek, the IFCN’s director.

“Global Fact 7 aims to raise the bar by having a dedicated day for academic discussions in partnership with the Oslo Metropolitan University and by offering a series of events throughout the course of the summit in Global Fact’s editorial, developers, and newly-initiated executive tracks,” he added.

Those who have applied will get an email from the IFCN regarding their acceptance/rejection by Feb. 14.

Those who are interested in participating in Global Fact 7’s academic track can submit abstracts to the Oslo Met University here (until Feb. 14).

And those who have not applied yet but still want to participate should fill out this form to join a waiting list.

Depending on confirmations, the IFCN will reach out to the names on it in chronological order and contact them in the following months.

Cristina Tardáguila is the associate director of the International Fact-Checking Network and the founder of Agência Lupa. She can be reached at ctardaguila@poynter.org.