International Fact-Checking Day Set for April 2


Events from Johannesburg to Denver will highlight International Fact-Checking Day on April 2, according to Poynter, a global leader in journalism.

An initiative of the International Fact-Checking Network, the day is an effort to enlist people in fact-checking at a time of heightened concern about misinformation, especially online, it adds:

On or around April 2, events from Johannesburg to London, Denver and Istanbul will promote the importance of fact-checking to a global audience. The International Fact-Checking Day website includes a map of these activities around the world. …The website includes a lesson plan for teachers, available in more than 10 languages; a series of “how-to” posts from experts in verification and fact-checking; and a fake news trivia quiz. Follow along at #FactCheckIt on Twitter.

“Since its launch in 2015, IFCN has been at the forefront of promoting excellence in fact-checking as a powerful tool of accountability journalism,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “International Fact-Checking Day puts more tools in the hands of more people around the world to elevate transparency in government, politics and media.”

“International Fact-Checking Day is not a single event but a rallying cry for more facts — and fact-checking — in politics, journalism and everyday life,” said Alexios Mantzarlis, director of the International Fact-Checking Network.

Partners of International Fact-Checking Day include the American Press Institute, Factcheckers, Chequeado, Google News Lab and PolitiFact. Poynter’s IFCN has received funding from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Duke Reporters’ Lab, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Omidyar Network, the Open Society Foundations and the Park Foundation. RTWT

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