“Hands-On Fact-Checking: A Short Course” was created by Poynter’s News University and the American Press Institute, and funded by Google News Lab. Designed for college students as a self-directed course or as a resource for classroom instructors, the approximately 90-minute course includes lessons on identifying reliable sources in fact-checking, debunking viral misinformation, and deciding whether a statement is really checkable.
The course opened on April 2, 2018, the date of the second International Fact-Checking Day which highlights journalistic and research fact-checking efforts around the world. This course demonstrates best practices developed and tested by today’s fact-checking journalists, who face particular challenges posed by misleading rhetoric from politicians and government officials and the use of social media platforms as launching sites for viral misinformation.
We’d like to thank fact-checkers and other journalists and researchers across the globe for their work on the stories, videos, studies and advice included in this course. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to your feedback. For more news and information about fact-checking and accountability journalism, subscribe to our newsletter, follow Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network, and find resources at API’s BetterNews.org.
WHAT WILL I LEARN:
- What types of statements can be fact-checked
- Questions to ask when verifying content
- What tools are available to help validate photos
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
- Individuals interested in learning more about fact-checking
- Journalism students responsible for researching and verifying sources in their reporting
- Professional journalists responsible for researching and verifying sources in their reporting
Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. As former Director of the IFCN, Alexios helped draft the fact-checkers’ code of principles, shepherded a partnership between third-party fact-checkers and Facebook, testified to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on the “fake news” phenomenon and helped launch International Fact-Checking Day.
He is currently the senior partnerships and research fellow at TED Conferences.
Jane is the former director of accountability journalism at the American Press Institute and current managing editor of the (Raleigh) News and Observer and Durham Herald-Sun. She is The Washington Post’s former deputy local editor/digital; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. A 2017 Knight-Nieman fellow at Harvard University, Jane’s work at five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics and government.
She holds a master’s degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.