The International Center for Journalists, with support from Craig Newmark Foundation, will launch Truthbuzz, a Viral Fact-Checking Contest, in April 2017. Truthbuzz is a global challenge to find new ways of debunking fake news and verifying facts reaching news consumers.
The contest seeks entries that debunk fake news and share solid fact-checking in engaging or entertaining ways that are instantly understandable and shareable. ICFJ welcomes entries in any digital format (e.g., video, cartoon, graphic, .gif, photo, audio file) and in seven languages.
Journalists, news sites and sharp-eyed citizens around the world are spotting dubious claims, checking facts and explaining the details to the public. But they are often in the form of long explanations that don’t quickly make a strong case on social media.
“As a news consumer, I want news I can trust” said Craig Newmark, the craigslist founder and initiator of the Craig Newmark Foundation, adding “This contest can find and share exciting new ways to help fact-checkers spread the truth.”
According to ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan there is need for a new thinking when it comes to fact- checking and this competition will do just that. It will also arm journalists with new ways to tell the truth that are instantly compelling.
The contest will accept entries in multiple languages. ICFJ will host a webinar to answer questions and help prospective applicants refine their ideas. The winning entries will appear on a public site where the global truth-telling community can engage with and learn from the entries.
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