Tim Franklin

In partnership with the Duke University Reporters’ Lab and with an initial grant from Omidyar Network, in 2015 Poynter launched the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).

Since then, IFCN, has brought fact-checkers and best practices together in several global forums including:

  • A very active email group who share questions, answers, and updates;
  • Online courses in which several thousand people have participated in English and Spanish and coverage of best practices around the world that reaches hundreds of thousands every year.
  • Regional workshops that have gathered hundreds, from Washington D.C. to New Delhi to Sarajevo and Vilnius;
  • Innovation fellowships whereby fact-checkers from one organization embed at another, to deeply absorb working practices and collaborative possibilities.

IFCN has also led two new efforts to improve and disseminate professional standards and practices to a broader audience including:

  • A fact-checking code of principles to set standards of transparency that have been picked up by Facebook in its vetting of third-party fact-checking partners; and
  • International Fact-Checking Day, an effort to bridge the expertise gap and help equip the general public to home in on what’s real. Tens of thousands of people have downloaded the dedicated lesson plan.

As the fact-checking community grows to meet growing global challenges to accuracy and accountability, IFCN at Poynter is scaling to support, convene, and connect this work. 

Stacy Donohue