ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 20, 2022) – After two years of virtual conventions, the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the nonprofit Poynter Institute is bringing its premier global fact-checking summit back to the in-person stage this summer with a world-class lineup.
Five leading voices from journalism, academia and politics will headline GlobalFact 9 June 22-25, 2022, at the Oslo Metropolitan University’s City Center Campus in Oslo, Norway, and discuss the state and future of fact-checking with creators, consumers and champions of fact-based reporting.
Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, journalist and commentator on geopolitics, will address the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape.
Dr. Joan Donovan, research director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, will present the philosophical framework for how to research, report on and understand media manipulation, political movements, critical internet studies, online extremism and disinformation campaigns.
Jane Lytvynenko, freelance reporter and senior research fellow of the Technology and Social Change Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, will share her expertise on uncovering propaganda networks, exposing far-right organizations and bringing fast, accessible fact-checking to broad audiences during times of crisis, including the ongoing war in her home country of Ukraine.
Peter McIndoe will discuss what happens when millions of people rally around absurdity as the founder and creator of Birds Aren’t Real, a satirical conspiracy theory that suggests birds don’t exist and are really drone replicas installed by the U.S. government to spy on Americans.
Craig Silverman, award-winning journalist at ProPublica and author and editor of the Verification Handbook, will cite illuminating examples from more than a decade’s worth of his own investigative reporting to deliver an informative talk about how to navigate today’s complicated media landscape.
Attendees will also hear from Poynter president Neil Brown, Duke Reporters’ Lab director Bill Adair, and IFCN director Baybars Örsek. More special guests, moderators, instructors and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We’re excited to welcome members and supporters of the fact-checking community back for our ninth GlobalFact, which is shaping up to be our largest summit yet,” said Örsek. “For four days, practitioners from the world’s top fact-checking organizations will meet with the brightest minds from today’s leading industries. Together, we’ll share best practices and identify innovative solutions to fight global misinformation.”
Everyone who stands for truth and transparency in journalism is invited to attend either in-person or online. The summit offers a number of tracks for fact-checkers, journalists, technologists, policymakers, leaders, educators and citizens to address misinformation on a global scale including:
- the flagship Editorial Track, which will bring practitioners together to foster discussion on fact-checking, verification, community trust, newsroom economics and management;
- the Academic Track, designed in partnership with the Digital Journalism Research Group at Oslo Metropolitan University, which will feature presentations by scholars on misinformation, online trust, information integrity and related topics;
- the Developers Track for the digitally-minded participants to explore topics such as automated fact-checking, the role of artificial intelligence, the ethics of algorithms, and the tools for fact-checking on dark social and closed messaging apps;
- the Executive Track, which will connect leaders of fact-checking organizations with industry experts to help them develop their skills in management, fundraising, partnerships and teamwork;
- the Media Literacy Track, which will cater to those interested in bridging the digital divide that viral misinformation has created across the internet and social media platforms through digital media literacy innovation, programs and partnerships; and
- the Sustainability Track for guests interested in the fundamentals of running a fact-checking organization and the challenges industry professionals face such as harassment, fundraising, revenue generation and communication.
GlobalFact 9 is organized in partnership with Faktisk.no, OsloMET University, Institutt for Journalistikk and SKUP. This annual event is made possible by sponsors including Google News Initiative, Meta, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Fritt Ord, Luminate, National Endowment for Democracy, and Duke Reporters’ Lab. Learn more at globalfact9.com.
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