Fact Checking Workshop, presented by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

October 21, 2017
1:30 pm  -  3:00 pm
The Loft at 600 F

In an era where fake news and filter bubbles seem to create alternative realities and threaten the basis of democracy, it’s more important than ever that investigative journalism is factually correct, so viewers can trust the reporting.


In this workshop, we will show what can happen if journalists and news organizations neglect to fact-check before publishing or for the sake of dramatic storytelling omit important facts. This is a hands-on workshop; we will train participants to strategically and efficiently fact-check their own biases and their own reporting, even if the filmmaker has no institutional support. We will show how to independently verify facts, background people and how to use new tools that can help journalists verify when and where an image was shot. Filmmakers will not only develop a road map to fact-check their own work, they will also learn about investigative skills and tools that will benefit any reporting, and even facilitate distribution.


Lindsay Crouse from the The New York Times’ Op-Docs team will share how her news organization verifies visual content and two independent investigative filmmakers, Pulitzer Center grantees Eleanor Bell formerly with the Center for Public Integrity and Hilke Schellmann, Emmy-Award winning investigative journalist and assistant professor at NYU, will share real-life examples of how they fact-checked their own work and were fact-checked by news organizations. Pulitzer Center senior producer, Steve Sapienza, will introduce.

Session Category :  2017