Fact Checking Workshop

October 6, 2016
10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
National Press Club (Zenger Room)

Fact Checking may not be a sexy undertaking, but it plays a vital role in journalism. Filmmakers, particularly those working in the documentary mode and making films that embody the investigative instinct, do not necessarily have the institutional infrastructure that supports fact checking as part of their production process. How do filmmakers gauge the veracity of their claims, or those of their film subjects? Penny Lane, director of NUTS! and a self-described fact-checking junkie, took an innovative approach by creating an interactive database of over 300 detailed “footnotes,” which serves as a companion to NUTS!. Each footnote provides detailed context about the truth status of a given claim or image presented in the film and is tagged with a “truth value”.  Lane will be joined by Camille Salas of NPR, who will share the journalist’s approach to checking facts.

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