Fact-Checking 101

Hours of Effort

About This Course

In today’s news ecosystem—with its 24-hour news cycles, social media platforms, and flood of fake news—getting the facts right is more important than ever. Your guide, Brooke Borel, will pull from her own experience as a fact-checker, as well as from the 90-plus interviews she conducted for her book The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking.

What Will I Learn?

  • Why fact-checking is important in the publication process
  • How editorial fact-checking differs from political fact-checking
  • Step-by-step processes to keep sources and facts straight
  • How to fact-check tricky pieces of information, from quotes to conflicting claims
  • How to negotiate changes with editors and writers
  • Tips for fact-checking your own work

Who Should Take this Course?

Journalists, journalism students, editors, fact-checkers, copy editors, journalism professors and anyone who wants to ensure that their work is error-free.

Course Instructor

Brooke Borel

Brooke Borel is an independent journalist and author. She has written for the Atlantic, the Guardian, FiveThirtyEight, BuzzFeed News, Audubon, Popular Science, the Verge and PBS’s Nova Next, among others, and her work has received support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation. Her books are Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World and The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking.

Training Partner

ACES: The Society for Editing

The ACES: The Society for Editing is a nonprofit education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Its aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues.

ACES: The Society for Editing is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, websites, traditional media outlets and Fortune 500 companies, as well as freelance editors, students and professors.

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