Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism

Course Overview

Title:
Fact-Checking: How to Improve Your Skills in Accountability Journalism
Type:
Self-Directed Course
Cost:
This $29.95 course is offered free of charge thanks to the support of the Democracy Fund, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Omidyar Network, the Rita Allen Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Time Estimate:
This course will take two to four hours to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

This course, a joint effort by Poynter's NewsU and the American Press Institute, is designed to help you gain the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to begin or improve a high-quality fact-checking program — independently or in an organization. For those already involved in fact-checking, the course offers instruction on advancing and enhancing those efforts.

Our goal is to Increase fact-checking efforts around the world, especially in emerging democracies or countries where data might not be readily available and government policies or regulations hinder fact-checking efforts.

What Will I Learn:
  • Why fact-checking matters.
  • What to fact-check.
  • The process of fact-checking.
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them.
  • Identifying and assessing credible sources.
  • Finding funding sources for your fact-checking product.
  • Reaching and responding to audiences.
  • Best practices for live fact-checking.
  • Adapting your fact-checking to the medium/platform (web, broadcast, print, social media).
Who should take this course:
  • Journalists from all types of news organizations whose jobs include reporting on the the accountability of decision-makers, government officials and any leaders with the power to impact civic life.

  • Non-journalists with a passion for the truth who want to learn basic fact-checking skills and best practices.

  • Journalists and non-journalists who want to establish fact-checking organizations and seek funding.

Course Instructors:

Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. He previously served as Managing Editor of Pagella Politica and FactCheckEU, respectively Italy's main political fact-checking website and the EU's first multilingual crowd-checking project. He presented fact-checking segments on a weekly basis on Italian national broadcaster RAI, for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons of prime time TV show "Virus".

Jane Elizabeth

Jane leads the American Press Institute's project to improve and expand political fact-checking and accountability journalism. She is The Washington Post's former deputy local editor; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. Jane's work at five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics, regional news and education.

Training Partner:

American Press Institute

The American Press Institute conducts research and training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path for journalism in the 21st century. The organization was founded in 1946 with the mission to help the news industry fulfill the purpose of the First Amendment – sustaining a free press in the public interest. That mission continues today.