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Journalists are increasingly turning to digital technology to help address daunting challenges such as the spread of misinformation and the increasing attacks on reporters, according to the International Center for Journalists’ latest survey on the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms.

The survey updates and expands on ICFJ’s pioneering 2017 study, which found that journalists were struggling to keep pace with the digital revolution. In these difficult times for the news media, our 2019 study reveals a marked increase in the adoption of digital technology by journalists over the past two years.

Check out the executive summary and the full report. …


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With the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is expanding its TruthBuzz initiative, designed to find new ways to help verified facts reach the widest possible audience.

In 2018, TruthBuzz will recruit five full-time Fellows to work in newsrooms in some of the most populous nations: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nigeria and the United States. Modeled on the ICFJ Knight Fellowships, TruthBuzz will embed experts in these outlets to help reporters adopt compelling storytelling methods that improve the reach and impact of fact-checking and help “inoculate” audiences against false or misleading information.

The goal of TruthBuzz: increase audience trust in news media by communicating fact-checked information in a compelling, shareable way. TruthBuzz Fellows will be change-makers who can drive the adoption of new ways of making facts go as viral. ICFJ will collaborate with First Draft, a project of the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. …


Originally published in IJNet

When it comes to compelling videos, silence is golden.

This was one of the key insights from the recent TruthBuzz webinar led by two experts in fact-checking and creative storytelling. The webinar featured Giovanni Zagni from Italy’s Pagella Politica and Catherine Gicheru from Kenya’s PesaCheck, and was moderated by ICFJ Director of Innovation Oren Levine.

Pagella Politica

Pagella Politica earned the top prize in the ICFJ TruthBuzz fact-checking challenge for its series of short time-lapse videos that use text on a blackboard to verify the statements of Italian politicians. …


The winning entries in the TruthBuzz global challenge used humor, animation and social media campaigns to help the facts travel far and wide. We have collected the “key ingredients” from these entries into this guide for news media working to make the truth go viral.

Please let us know how you use any of these “recipes”!

Pagella Politica

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Chequeado

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Prometo como Eruviel

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ForSet

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Want to make facts spread wider than falsehoods? Join us on December 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EST for a webinar on how to use creative storytelling techniques for fact-checking. You’ll hear from experts with experience in debunking false claims in compelling ways.

Giovanni Zagni from Italy’s Pagella Politica will discuss his organization’s creative use of video to share its findings. Their short, fun videos won them the top prize in the TruthBuzz viral fact-checking challenge.

ICFJ Knight Fellow Catherine Gicheru from PesaCheck will discuss how her organization uses social media and other channels to spread the facts they uncover about government and society. …


ICFJ asked Tania Montalvo Solis of team Prometo como Eruviel to tell us in her own words about their entry.

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The Team:

Tania L. Montalvo, @tanlmont, Alan Hernández, @alanpasten, Alejandra Arteaga, @adelesnails, Alejandro Angeles, @alex_angeles, Arturo Ángel, @ArturoAngel20, Arturo Daen, @arturodaen, Daniel Moreno, @dmorenochavez, Elizabeth Cruz Larios, @achzezazhimmi, Eréndira Aquino, @erendiraaquinoa, Francisco Sandoval, @Mrterremoto, Iván Alamillo Suárez, @IvanMillo, Jesús Santamaría Reséndiz, @RE_Ilustrador, José Beltrán, @josebeltranc, Karla Casillas Bermúdez, @karlacasillas20, Lizbeth Padilla, @liz_pf, Mael Vallejo, @MaelVallejo, Manu Ureste, @ManuVPC, Montserrat Sánchez, @montse_2707, Nayeli Roldán, @nayaroldan, Nina Lopez, Omar Bobadilla, @obobadilla, Paola Alín, @paoalin, Paris Martínez, @paris_martinez, Pedro González Moctezuma, @gonmoc, Rodrigo Crespo Esquivel, @rodrigocrespoesquivel, Yosune Chamizo, @_yosune,

Organizations:

Animal Político, AJ+, Cultura Colectiva Noticias, The HuffPost México, Vice News en Español

The Entry:

‘Prometo como Eruviel’ is a project to fact-check the campaign promises made by the governor, Eruviel Avila, when he was a candidate, six years ago. As many other candidates, Avila made many promises to Mexican people, but now that his period as governor is finishing we need to know if he accomplished those promises. A team of reporters from five different media worked together in order to find out. We fact-checked promises and produced together different pieces; we made some video, graphics, illustrations and gifs to communicate our findings. …


ICFJ asked Giovanni Zagni of team Pagella Politica to tell us in his own words about their entry

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The Team:

Giovanni Zagni (@giovannizagni), Lorenzo Catini (@LC_Ride_Drive)

Pagella Politica is the main Italian project entirely devoted to political fact-checking. Founded in 2012 by a small group of friends and university students, we have since grown to a stable and recognizable presence in the Italian media, cooperating with the national broadcaster RAI2 and the newswire agency AGI.

The Entry:

The “Spot Checking” series tries to bring political fact-checking to a broader audience and to exploit the potential of video content on social networks. Our team and Lorenzo Catini, the videomaker, thought of an easily recognizable format, with limited production costs and flexible enough to adjust to a great variety of different topics. …


ICFJ asked Laura Zommer of team Chequeado to tell us in her own words about their entry.

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The Team:

Laura Zommer (@lauzommer), Pablo M. Fernández (@fernandezpm), Matías Di Santi (@matydisanti), Ariel Riera (@AM_Riera), Ezequiel Apesteguía

Chequeado is a non-profit, non-partisan independent news organization and Latin America’s first fact-checking site. Its mission is to improve the quality of the public debate in Argentina by proving facts, opening data, and promoting citizen participation. Chequeado plays a key role at the regional level coordinating LatamChequea, the regional meeting on innovation, journalism and fact-checking. At the international level, it’s a member of the board of the International Fact-Checking Network.

In Chequeado we produce news articles and investigations based on open data to check the validity of statements made by politicians, experts and prominent social figures. In addition, we also have an Educational program that teaches the public how to debate and monitor the public discourse based on facts, as well as an Innovation Lab that develops new ways of producing and sharing content, and increasing community engagement. Since our launch in 2010, we have become an established media site in Argentina, distinguished by our innovative initiatives, such as live fact-checking events and civic tools to promote citizen participation. …


ICFJ asked Teona Tomashvili of team ForSet to tell us in her own words about their entry.

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The Team:

Nino Macharashvili (@NinoMacha), Teona Tomashvili (@teotomashvili), Ia Ninoshvili (@ianinoshvili), Goga Gorgodze (@GoGaGorg), Anton Kamaryan

ForSet is a non-governmental, non-profit, civic tech organization specializing in effective communications for social issues using data, design, and technology. We do storytelling, advocacy campaigns, educational programmes, and open source civic tech tools.

The Entry:

There were times when people did not know much. They used to hunt for information. Nowadays, people know too much. It’s just that what they know is not always true. In the information age people have to hunt for real and fake news to know what is the truth.

Quack Hunter is a modern version of the Duck Hunter game challenging users to differentiate false and true information, collect points and master their quack hunting skills. …


Caricatures of politicians, time-lapse videos and an app modeled on a classic video game were among the winners of TruthBuzz, the Viral Fact-Checking Challenge.

Organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with support from the Craig Newmark Foundation, the TruthBuzz contest aimed to find new ways to help verified facts reach the widest possible audience. The competition sought creative solutions to take fact-checking beyond long-form explanations and bullet points.

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A distinguished panel of judges — leaders at digital media companies including Facebook, First Draft News, Fusion Media Group and Google News Lab — selected teams from newsrooms and civil society organizations in Argentina, Italy, Georgia and Mexico as winners of the contest. …

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Oren Levine

Director of Innovation, International Center for Journalists (www.icfj.org)

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