Making Fact-Checking Videos You'll Actually Want to Watch

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July 13, 2016 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Making Fact-Checking Videos You'll Actually Want to Watch
Originally Broadcast On:
July 13, 2016
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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Perhaps one of the most notable features of the 2016 election cycle in the United States has been the lack of strong fact-checking on TV — even as online fact-checkers are gathering record traffic.

Video fact-checking is often hampered by an imperfect "translation" of online content into a script for television.

Online fact checks usually rely on long explanations filled with links to primary sources and complex graphics. Transposing this directly onto video can make for content that is confusing, boring, or both.

At the same time, the desire to make a clear and entertaining clip can lead a video fact check to gloss over nuance and do a disservice to reality.

With the support of examples of TV fact checks from all over the world, this webinar will walk you through some steps you could use to make sorting facts from fiction into content that is both rigorous and fun to watch.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to find engaging TV fact-checking formats to learn from
  • The key elements that can turn fact-checking into an entertaining TV format
  • Which claims work best for TV fact-checking
  • How to prepare to fact-check live
Who Should Take this Course:

TV producers, reporters and hosts keen to produce content about the election that is both informative and entertaining. Online video makers in a similar situation.

Course Instructor:

Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He also trains and convenes fact-checkers around the world.

As Director of the IFCN, Alexios has 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.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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