Do young people have the critical literacy skills they need?

Do young people have the critical literacy skills they need?
by Alan MEBAN for FactCheckNI
15 June 2018

“Only 2% of children and young people in the UK have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake, according to a survey published today by the National Literacy Trust. What do you think of that?” asked the radio reporter who phoned on Wednesday morning. Continue reading Do young people have the critical literacy skills they need?

Ensuring trustworthiness, quality and value in all our work

Ensuring trustworthiness, quality and value in all our work
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
12 April 2018

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) hosted an information seminar at Belfast City Hall, for staff from government organisations in Northern Ireland who have responsibility for statistics in their work (creating and/or applying). Continue reading Ensuring trustworthiness, quality and value in all our work

Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?

The following article is republished with kind permission from Anne HAILES; it was originally published at Irish News.

Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?
by Anne HAILES for Irish News
26 March 2018

WHAT can we believe these days? It’s obvious we’re being fed misinformation – sometimes by accident, more often by intent – and Donald Trump, with his accusations of fake news, has brought the subject right into the limelight. Do we just ignore it? Do we challenge it? Continue reading Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?

The end of facts? Taking on fake news @ImagineBelfast

The end of facts? Taking on fake news @ImagineBelfast
by Eilish BOSCHERT for FactCheckNI
14 March 2018

FactCheckNI hosted “The End of Facts? Taking on Fake News” as part of the 2018 Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics and Democracy Day at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Continue reading The end of facts? Taking on fake news @ImagineBelfast

“The fightback begins in Northern Ireland!” says Byrnes

“The fightback begins in Northern Ireland!” says Byrnes
The importance of journalism in an era of fake news #BMF2017
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
17 November 2017

As part of the Belfast Media Festival 2017, there was a moderated discussion on how ‘mainstream media’ is responding to the evermore prevalent environment of ‘fake news’, with Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Siobhan Sinnerton, chairing the session with Dorothy Byrne (Head of News and Current Affairs) and presenter, Jon Snow. Continue reading “The fightback begins in Northern Ireland!” says Byrnes

Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017

Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
9 November 2017

For the second year, thanks to Building Change Trust, which provides financial support to FactCheckNI, I was able to attend the annual World Forum for Democracy event in Strasbourg, France. This year’s title was “Is populism a problem?” and reflected upon the election of Donald Trump as US President as well as the surge of populist politics around the globe. Continue reading Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017