Overcoming closed borders: opening up fact-checking solutions

Overcoming closed borders: opening up fact-checking solutions
Interview with Giovanni ZAGNI (Director, Pagella Politica)
by Allan LEONARD
24 November 2020

“I haven’t seen some of my colleagues in six months,” remarked Giovanni Zagni, director of Pagella Politica, based in Milan. Conducting this interview via Zoom was a salutary reminder of unprecedented times in which we are living — never before have so many people globally have had to attempt to conduct their work, commerce, research, and collaboration remotely. Fact checkers may be more accustomed to applying their digital skills from anywhere — online access permitting — but remote camaraderie is a new phenomenon. Continue reading Overcoming closed borders: opening up fact-checking solutions

FactCheckNI awarded funding by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

FactCheckNI awarded funding by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
14 September 2020

FactCheckNI, Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated fact-checking service, has been awarded funding by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust to conduct our work entitled “Empowering People Through Facts”. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) aims to fund work which will contribute to the ongoing transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. Continue reading FactCheckNI awarded funding by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Telling stories with data: FactCheckNI session at Global Fact 7

Telling stories with data: FactCheckNI session at Global Fact 7
by Allan LEONARD
29 June 2020

As part of the annual summit of the International Fact-Checking Network, FactCheckNI hosted “Telling Stories with Data” at Global Fact 7, an online session that explored the use of data in news and information presented to the public. I moderated the conversation between John Campbell (Business and Economics Editor at BBC Northern Ireland) and Niall O’Neill (statistician at the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)). The session aimed to impart an appreciation of the importance of the integrity of trustworthy official data sources and the benefits that this has for fact-checking organisations, through good working relationships with statistics agencies. Continue reading Telling stories with data: FactCheckNI session at Global Fact 7

Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check

Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check
FactCheckNI
1 May 2020

On Friday, 24 April, FactCheckNI published a fact check, “Are COVID-19 deaths in Northern Ireland 50% higher than Ireland?” The fact check was in regards to an article published earlier that week on Wednesday 22 April in the Irish Times, “Coronavirus: Ireland is one island with two different death rates”. The content of this article was shared on Facebook’s platform, as well as other social media platforms. Continue reading Statement: COVID-19 death rate fact check

New working partnership: COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project

Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) and FactCheckNI are delighted to be working in partnership on the COVID-19 Information Dissemination (COVID-19 ID) Project to improve people’s health literacy about COVID-19 by providing accurate and up-to-date information which will increase knowledge, understanding and confidence and enable people to make good health decisions.

The objectives of the project are:

    1. To disseminate official COVID-19 information
    2. To fact check unofficial information about COVID-19
    3. To counteract misinformation and identify gaps in information for people in communities about COVID-19
    4. To disseminate health literacy friendly COVID-19 information to CDHN and FactCheckNI networks
    5. To prioritise the dissemination of information about the role of pharmacies

CDHN has over 2,500 members and supports tens of thousands of people across Northern Ireland. They are NI’s leading organisation working to empower communities, improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. CDHN has particular expertise in health literacy, having developed and delivered training and provided support on health literacy to communities, pharmacists and other health and social care professionals.

FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated independent fact checking service.  The organisation is verified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and works under the fundamental principles of impartiality, transparency and accuracy. FactCheckNI is also part of Facebook’s third party fact-checking programme; this is part of Facebook’s efforts to minimise the spread of misinformation on its platform.  Find out more here


Please contact Orna by email or FactCheckNI online if:

  • You would like to receive official and fact-checked information
  • You have seen information about COVID-19 that you think should be fact checked
  • There is something you would like to know about COVID-19 and you can’t find it
  • There is information about COVID-19 that you would like to see/receive in a more health literate format

Website: www.factcheckni.org • Twitter: @FactCheckNI • Facebook: @factcheckni • Instagram: factcheckni_

FAQ: Facebook

What is Facebook’s Third-Party Fact Checking Programme?

Facebook’s Third-Party Fact Checking Programme is part of the social media company’s efforts to minimise the spread of misinformation on its platform.

The programme has been running since December 2016. FactCheckNI has been participating since April 2019.

To be a participant, the fact checking organisation must be a verified signatory of the Code of Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network and choose to opt in to the programme. FactCheckNI as been a verified signatory since 2016. Continue reading FAQ: Facebook