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Alexios Mantzarlis

Alexios Mantzarlis is the director and editor of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute.

The Week in Fact-Checking: Students get sued; cool tools; and a great GIF

A project conducted by students from the Cologne School of Journalism got into legal trouble for assigning truth rankings to the politicians they fact-checked. The right-wing AfD party pounced on methodological flaws to persuade a court to order the project organizers to retract or correct their work. The legal issues faced by “Faktenzoom” put into sharp focus […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Let’s be scientists

Fact-checkers had a big year in 2016; will 2017 prove as eventful? Our guess is that fact-checking will retrench slightly in the U.S. but grow in other large democracies like Australia, Germany and India. Fact-checkers also might also learn a few things from scientists — like how to be more transparent.  Read all the 2017 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: In case you missed us

There was a surprising amount of fact-checking news during the holiday break. Assuming that you actually were taking a break (as we did) we’ve collected some items you might have missed, along with some news from this week. First: It’s just not a new year until you can wrap up the old year with a […]

Fact-checking’s greatest hits, 2016

  It’s just not a new year until you can wrap up the old year with a list. Or several lists. So here’s our list of just some of the fact-checking lists that summarize the highlights and challenges of 2016. The year’s biggest noses. The Washington Post Fact Checker’s list of 10 most popular fact […]

The Year in Fact-Checking: 366 stories to save

Was 2016 fact-checking’s finest year? Or was it the year of “post-truth” where fact-checking was simply a fool’s errand? The discussion about facts in journalism worldwide has rarely been as fractured and debated as it has been in 2016. Poynter has collected 366 links to try and make sense of what just happened. Want articles on the state […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Let’s talk less about Facebook and more about what journalism can do to fight fake news

In the weeks since the “what-just-happened-here” U.S. presidential election, columnists, opinion writers and reporters have: (1) blamed Facebook (2) blamed themselves (3) lectured readers (4) chastised teachers and (5) created fake-news tip sheets and other such things. Self-assessment, anyone? Here are some steps for journalism to take now.  Quote of the week “Refuse to accept information simply because […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to fit facts into a headline

Is everything @realDonaldTrump tweets “news?” The more important question is not whether to report on Trump’s tweets, but how. Many early headlines failed to indicate that Trump’s assertion was not corroborated by the facts. Here are five tips for conscientious headline writers. Quote of the week “No matter how Trump feels about the media, the […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Imagine a world without it

What would the world look like if no one fact-checked? Swedish hoax-busters Viralgranskaren looked at how a fake story spreads in two alternate realities, one where readers fact-check and one where they don’t. Quote of the week “You can’t blame all this on the big, bad media. The news media reflects society and its citizens […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: An open letter to Facebook

Fact-checkers from around the world have written to the CEO of Facebook, offering their support in the battle against fake news. It begins: “Dear Mark Zuckerberg: “Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: ‘Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.’ We agree. It also […]

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