January 7, 2021

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The fact-checking community collaborated again

We’re coming to you a little later this Thursday because, like many of you, we spent yesterday focused on the unprecedented attack on the United States Capitol.

Cristina and I worked as fast as we could to put out a story connecting yesterday’s events to the enormous amount of mis- and disinformation that has proliferated throughout the United States and across the world. Something fact-checkers know very well.

During yesterday’s coverage, the IFCN received contributions from Jeanfreddy Gutiérrez Torres, a fact-checker with Venezuelan fact-checking organization Efecto Cocuyo, Christopher Guess, a researcher who has been studying fact-checking for years, and from many fact-checkers across the globe.

With Gutiérrez Torres’ support, Cris and I managed to recap how Venezuelan and Turkish diplomats repurposed warnings about American democracy traditionally leveled against their own governments. Collaborative pieces like that are precious and will be seen more often on IFCN’s website.

With all that said…

We are glad to reconnect today. This is our first newsletter of 2021. And we also wanted to make sure we wished you a Happy New Year!

Factually is being restructured to become fresher, newsier, and more connected to your needs (wherever you are). We are redesigning our format so we can be closer to you.

Our goal is to make sure Factually highlights the successes and the challenges of the fact-checking community, also keeping you informed about media literacy events and training.

So, until February, we’ll be taking a brief break. But we promise to be back, with a revamped and beautiful newsletter.

For now, please take a look at the articles we published in December. In two of them, we recapped the results of the projects selected for the first and second rounds of the Coronavirus Fact-Checking Grants.

Also, remember to revisit the CoronavirusFacts Alliance database. This week, it surpassed 10,000 fact-checks, and is now one of the projects supported by the Paris Peace Forum!

Last but not least, we are honored to tell you that the IFCN hired an International Training Manager. Alanna Dvorak will be in charge of a series of workshops around the world. We’ll share her schedule with you as soon as possible.

We’ll meet again in February. Thanks for being around!

Cristina Tardáguila and Harrison Mantas

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Cristina Tardáguila is the International Fact-Checking Network’s Associate Director. She was born in May 1980, in Brazil, and has lived in Rio de Janeiro for…
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