Beyond Twitter and Facebook

Beyond Twitter and Facebook: How to Find and Fact-Check Online Disinformation

September 12, 2018
Teaching Date
Sept. 17, 2018
The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

How do you monitor — and when do you fact-check — online discourse you may not be paying attention to? This one-day workshop run by First Draft, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center, and Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will concentrate on monitoring all online platforms for disinformation.

Who should attend 

Political reporters from local newsrooms in the battleground states of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. The number of participants will be capped to 30 to promote intra-cohort discussion.

Application process

Apply here. Preference will be given to newsrooms with a plan to commit resources to fact-check local politics during the 2018 midterm campaign.


This workshop is tuition-free. A limited amount of travel funds are available.

Flash grant

As part of its partnership with the Google News Initiative, the IFCN will be opening up its final $10,000 fact-checking flash grant (see previous calls for Italy, APAC and Brazil). Participants of this workshop who apply for the grant receive an additional point in their evaluation.



This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Updated in August 2018. 

9 a.m. — Around the Room: What is Everyone Seeing in their States

9:30 a.m. — Why the “Rest of the Internet” Matters

10:30 a.m. — Using Key Case Studies to Understand Social Discovery and Verification

11:45 a.m. — Handle with Care: Principles for Choosing What to Fact-Check and What to Avoid Amplifying

12:45 p.m. — Lunch

1:30 p.m. — Fact-Checking Claims About Election Integrity

2:30 p.m. — Fact-Checking Claims About Immigration and Race

3:30 p.m. — Funky Formats for Fact-Checking

4:30 p.m. — Closing and Flash Grant Announcement


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