Join us LIVE Oct. 20-23 for the world’s largest fact-checking summit

The need for fact-checking and accountability journalism has never been greater as the global infodemic threatens humanity’s health, safety and security. 

Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network will host the world’s largest fact-checking summit Oct. 20-23 to unite creators and consumers of fact-based reporting and uphold the integrity of the universal information ecosystem. 

Throughout the four days of virtual programming, you’ll hear experiences and best practices from fact-checkers and have opportunities to network with peers from more than 55 countries. 

You’ll also improve your ability to verify breaking news, practice new techniques to corroborate stories and build community trust through the exchange of factual information with experts and fact-checking organizations from around the world including the Philippines, Brazil, Norway and South Africa.

Plus, partners in the fight against misinformation like the World Health Organization will share how the impact of collaboration can protect communities and inspire meaningful discourse. 

This virtual summit is for everyone who stands for truth and transparency in journalism including fact-checkers, journalists, technologists, policy makers, leaders, educators and the public. 

Together, we’ll form alliances to address misinformation on a global scale.

In 2020, Global Fact was one of the first major journalism conferences to move online after the pandemic began. More than 1,000 people attended virtually across 16 time zones. The in-person conference has taken place in London, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome and Cape Town, where more than 300 participants from 55 countries convened in 2019. Major projects and initiatives have originated at Global Fact, including International Fact-Checking Day, IFCN’s Code of Principles, and partnerships with big tech. 


Full access: Free of charge for IFCN’s verified signatories

General ticket: Free 

VIP experience: $50 – The VIP experience includes access to exclusive summit sessions with fact-checking experts.


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Each day of the summit will feature seven hours of forward-thinking sessions to inspire lively discussions surrounding the important role facts play in society. More speakers will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed. The agenda is subject to change.  

Wednesday, October 20

09:00-09:45 a.m. — Opening remarks for the Eight edition of Global Fact conferences

  • First Draft’s Claire Wardle will deliver her keynote address to share her remarks on where the fight against misinformation took hits during the pandemic and what should be done in order to prevent people from harmful misinformation. She will also join a fireside chat with the attendees at the end of the first day of the conference.

Baybars Örsek, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network

Bill Adair, Director of Duke Reporters Lab

Neil Brown, President of Poynter Institute

10:00-10:45 a.m. — Responding to the pandemic on a global scale

  • Panel discussion with fact-checkers from India, Brazil joined by World Health Organization’s Digital Business Solutions Manager to discuss how health communication against COVID-19 falsehoods has evolved during the pandemic.

Moderator: Baybars Örsek, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network

Andrew Pattison, Digital Business Solutions Manager of the World Health Organization

Syed Nazakat, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, DataLEADS

Clara Jiménez Cruz, CEO,

Natália Leal, CEO, Agência Lupa

11:00-11:45 a.m. — 5 Years of Fact-Checking Partnerships

  • The fact-checking program at Facebook launched in December 2016. As we approach the five-year anniversary, hear from members of the Facebook team about what’s changed over time (and what hasn’t).

Moderator: Baybars Örsek, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network

Keren Goldshlager, Global News Integrity Partnerships Lead, Facebook

Orlando Watson, WhatsApp Strategic Partnerships Lead, Facebook

Justine Isola, Head of Misinformation Policy, Facebook

Dulce Ramos, LATAM News Integrity Partnerships Lead, Facebook

12:00-12:45 a.m. — Networking Lounge

  • The networking lounge takes place at the lounge section

2:00-2:45 p.m. — Fireside chat with Claire Wardle

  • Claire Wardle joins IFCN’s Director Baybars Orsek to invite the attendees to provide their feedback and input on her keynote speech and discuss how to work for scalability.

Claire Wardle, Founder of First Draft

Baybars Örsek, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network

Thursday, October 21

09:00-09:45 a.m. Harassment against fact-checkers in the COVID-19 era and how to respond to it

  • Fact-checkers will discuss how harassment against their work needs to be addressed and what the industry at large should do to promote a healthier discourse around fact-checking.

Moderator: Ferdi Ferhat Özsoy, Program Manager, International Fact-Checking Network

Thanos Sitistas, Senior Editor, Elinika Hoaxes

Maarten Schenk, Co-founder, Lead Stories

Inga Springe, Co-founder; investigative journalist, Re:Baltica/Re:Check

Barbara Whitaker, Fact Check Editor, Associated Press

10:00-10:45 a.m. Connecting across borders: Building regional networks of fact-checkers

  • This panel will look at what regional networks exist already and the benefits they’ve brought to fact-checking organizations in those regions, before delving into the challenges of creating and running regional networks, such as maintaining organizations’ independence and building trust, capacity, and funding.

Moderator: Tijana Cvjeticanin, Editor-in-chief, Raskrinkavanje

Laura Zommer, Executive Director, Chequeado

Ana Brakus, Managing Editor, Faktograf

Noko Makgato, Executive Director, Africa Check

Govind Ethiraj, Founder, BOOM

11:00-11:45 a.m. — Regional breakout sessions (IFCN Verified Signatories only)

  • Fact-checkers will come at the rooms section together to discuss how to strengthen regional and local collaboration to work towards more sustainable regional setups to surface the voice of fact-checkers to the global setting.

12:00-12:45 p.m. — Networking Lounge

  • The networking lounge takes place at the lounge section.

1:00-1:45 p.m. — Fighting disinformation through public policy: European fact-checkers finding their voice

  • This session will explore the incoming policy debates and regulations that will significantly affect the operating environment for European fact-checkers, including the Digital Services Act and the upcoming Code of Practice.

Moderator: Rasmus Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Jelena Berkovic, Senior Adviser, Faktograf

Carlos Hernández-Echevarría, Head of Public Policy & Institutional Development,

Raegan MacDonald, Director of Global Public Policy, Mozilla

2:00-2:45 p.m. — How did fact-checkers work with media literacy during the pandemic?

  • Fact-checkers are sharing experiences from different countries working with media literacy during the pandemic.

Moderator: Alanna Dvorak, International Training Manager, International Fact-Checking Network

Sølve K. Karlsen, Manager, Faktisk

Milena Rosenzvit, Chief of Education Program, Chequeado

Alex Mahadevan, Program Manager, MediaWise

Baybars Örsek, Director of the International Fact-Checking Network

Friday, October 22

09:00-09:45 a.m. What does the fact-checking community want from YouTube?

  • The panel will open with David and Gemma discussing the key challenges and problematic patterns we see fact-checking on YouTube, such as transcription difficulties, identification of a claim, and the lack of a systematic approach from YouTube.

Moderator: Phoebe Arnold, Policy and Partnerships Manager, Full Fact

Gemma Mendoza, Head, Digital Strategy, Rappler

David Schraven, Publisher, Correctiv

Brandi Geurkink, Senior Manager of Advocacy, Mozilla

10:00-10:45 a.m. Global Trends in Fact-Checking: A Data-Driven Analysis of ClaimReview

  • A data-driven analysis of ClaimReview’s global trends.

Moderator: Thomas Van Damme, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Antwerp

Lucas Graves, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Joel Luther, ClaimReview and MediaReview Project Manager, Duke Reporters Lab

Karen Rebelo, Deputy Editor, BOOM

Dan Brickley, lead, Google

11:00-11:45 a.m. — Why good national statistics are so important for fact-checkers?

  • The many aspects of national statistics that affect fact-checking.

Moderator: Fionntán O’Donnell, Senior Data Technologist, Open Data Institute

Kate Wilkinson, Deputy Chief Editor, Africa Check

Andrew Dudfield, Head of Automated Fact-Checking, Full Fact

Pablo Fernandez, Director of Innovation & Communications, Chequeado

12:00-12:45 a.m. — Networking Lounge

  • The networking lounge takes place at the lounge section.

1:00-1:45 p.m. — Fact-checking as a product, why can’t we sell it?

  • How to have a healthy portfolio of revenue streams in fact-checking?

Moderator: Gilberto Scofield Jr, Marketing and Relationship Director, Agência Lupa

James Breiner, Board Member, SembraMedia

Patricia Torres-Burd, Managing Director, MDIF

Giovanni Zagni, Director, Pagella Politica

Rahul Namboori, Co-Founder & Editorial Head, Fact Crescendo

2:00-2:45 p.m. — Fact-checking when democracy is under threat

  • This session will bring together fact-checkers and Journalists in countries where free and fair elections and rule of law had been previously established but are now under threat. Fact-checkers and journalists will discuss their experiences and best practices.

Moderator: Angie Drobnic Holan, Editor-in-Chief, Politifact

Tai Nalon, Executive Director and co-founder of Aos Fatos

Pawel Terpilowski, Editor-in-chief, Demagog

Veronika Munk, Editor-in-chief, TELEX

3:00-3:45 p.m. — Featured Talk with Tom Rosenstiel

  • American journalism expert Tom Rosenstiel will offer a featured talk followed by a Q&A moderated by Mark Stencel from Duke Reporters Lab

Saturday, October 23

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Hands-on training offered by Craig Silverman and Jane Lytvynenko on verification and debunking

  • This workshop will teach fundamental skills, tools, and techniques for conducting digital investigations. The workshop will mix demos with exercises for participants using tools that are free or reasonably priced. No computer programming or advanced technical skills are required. We will dig into people and social media profiles, messaging apps, websites, and other topics to help you supercharge your fact-checking and investigative work.

Special guests include:

Rasmus Nielsen

Andrew Pattison

Claire Wardle


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