Fact-checking tips and tools

| January 15, 2018

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This week’s Spotlight features the work of Africa Check, the first and only independent fact-checking organization on the continent. In addition to publishing factual corrections of inaccurate media reports, Africa Check also provides tools for journalists and others who want to verify information.

The Africa Check guidelines encourage fact-checkers to be persistent and transparent, and to ask themselves the following questions:

  • Where is the evidence?
  • Is the evidence verifiable? Is it sound? For example, how was the data collected? Was the sample large enough?
  • How can you use other data sources, experts, and the public to help verify the information?
  • How can you determine which photos, videos, websites, and other documents are genuine, and which are fake?

For Africa Check’s full list of fact-checking tips and advice, please see: https://africacheck.org/how-to-fact-check/tips-and-advice/

For a collection of African databases, experts, and factsheets, or to submit a claim to be verified by the Africa Check team, please see: https://africacheck.org