This flash grant was assigned to Lavoce.info.
Fact-checking at Lavoce.info was launched in May 2017. Since then, it has published one fact check a week, on economic, political, financial, and health issues. Fact checks receive an average of 6,000 page views and are highly commented both on social media and directly on their website.
The main objective of the flash grant-supported project is to stimulate the rise of economic fact-checking. Lavoce.info’s strength is the possibility to rely on an editorial staff composed of 38 authoritative economics professors – each specialized on a specific subject, like pensions, the job market, public finances and so on.
Lavoce.info’s fact-checking has to make a quantitative leap. The organization developed an evaluation process that will allow the publication process to scale up. All the fact checks published will still be edited following a sort of peer review, drawing from the scientific method familiar to academic editors. This evaluation process strives to guarantee completeness and accuracy of the information, a fundamental aspect of a fact-checking projects and of this website.
With the additional funds of the IFCN flash grant, Lavoce.info will hire more fact-checkers and launch a more engaging campaign of dissemination of its work based on support from graphic designers. The aim is to establish Lavoce.info’s fact-checking as a permanent and impactful element of the Italian media ecosystem.
Scope. The IFCN flash grant provides an immediate injection of funds to a fact-checking project that seems likely to have a high impact.
Who should apply. Italian fact-checking projects* that expect a high return from this investment.
The goal is to provide a limited but rapid boost to fact-checkers that have a concrete idea but need limited resources to implement them quickly. Applicants should think of this bursary as seed funding to get started (no additional funding will be made available).
How much is available. US$ 10,000
What can this bursary be used for. Funding can be used to cover any operational or project-specific costs. How the money will be spent is far less relevant than what the applicants expect to achieve.
- Applications open Monday January 29
- Deadline for applicants Monday February 5
- Interviews Friday February 9
- Winner announced Monday February 12
How to apply. Apply via this form.
Evaluation. Evaluation will be conducted by IFCN staff according to the following criteria:
- Expected impact of the project (3 points)
- Clarity of the indicators and targets (3 points)
- Track record and existing results of the organization/team (3 points)
- Ambition (1 point)
- Bonus: participation in the relevant IFCN/GNL workshops of January 24 and 25 (1 point)
The three projects with the highest average will be invited to a Skype interview.
What do we expect from the winning fact-checking project.
- A two-page narrative report on the indicators and targets (six and twelve months after the grant is assigned).
- Verification as a signatory of the IFCN code of principles by the end of the project.
- Publication of at least 3 fact checks a week for the duration of the project.
Conflict of interest policy. Applications by projects with organizational or financial ties to IFCN staff will not be considered.
*Fact-checking for the scope of this grant is defined as the act of publishing nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. This bursary will be made available in association with four workshops IFCN and Google News Lab are holding in 2018. Each round will be announced in association with the related workshop.