Political Fact-Checking: Tips and Tricks for the 2012 Election

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May 31, 2012 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Political Fact-Checking: Tips and Tricks for the 2012 Election
Originally Broadcast On:
May 31, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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During the 2012 campaign, many news organizations plan to, or already are, fact-checking.

Bill Adair, the editor of PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site, will discuss the best practices in political fact-checking.

Know how to ask the right experts, avoid common pitfalls and write clear and concise facts.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to be clear about what you’re checking (and what you’re not)
  • Finding independent and non-partisan experts and resources
  • The importance of original sources
Who Should Take this Course:

Any editor, reporter or blogger interested in checking campaign ads and speeches.

Course Instructor:

Bill Adair

Bill Adair is the Editor of PolitiFact and the Washington Bureau Chief for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times. He has worked in Washington since 1997 and has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. Adair is the author of "The Mystery of Flight 427: Inside a Crash Investigation," a behind-the-scenes account of how the National Transportation Safety Board solved one of the biggest mysteries in aviation.

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