Check Yourself: Quick, Simple and Thorough Fact-Checking

Establish your credibility through accurate reporting and storytelling

Level: Beginner

Check Yourself: Quick, Simple and Thorough Fact-Checking

$99
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  • Self-paced instruction
  • 8 video lessons
  • 50 minutes of lesson content
  • Fact-checking exercises and planning worksheets
  • Led by an industry expert
  • Lifetime access
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Who Should Take This Course

Writers, Editors, Journalists, Marketers

Skills You Will Learn

How to fact-check your own work, or someone else’s

Identify objective and subjective facts

Responsibly include quotes in your writing

Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, and how to locate primary sources

Utilize documentation and workflow to organize your research, properly attribute information and ensure your notes are accessible

Create, share and promote accurate content on social media

Best practices for correcting your mistakes, whether large or small, caught early or late

Why Take This Course

The 24-hour news cycle, viral content on social media and the internet’s ability to give just about anyone a platform has made the ability to fact-check critical to reputable, high-quality writing and social media management. In this course, you will learn how to establish yourself as a trustworthy writer through practical fact-checking strategies and exercises.

Session 1

Get Started

  • Introduction: Welcome to the Course / Why Check Facts? / A Brief Look Back / Who’s Checking Facts
  • What Are Facts, Anyway? / Identifying Objective and Subjective Facts / Checking Quotes
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Session 2

Fact-Check Like a Pro

  • Check Your Quotes and Sources
  • The Importance of Documentation and Workflow / Working with Others / How to Correct Mistakes
  • Fact-Checking and Social Media / Corrections, After the Fact / Looking Forward
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About the Instructor

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin is an associate professor of journalism in the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches everything from Introduction to Journalism and Essentials of Interviewing to Interpretive Reporting and the College Magazine Workshop. Sharon's research focuses on how magazine media are changing in the digital age, and specifically on fact-checking practices. Her articles have been published in the Columbia Journalism Review, the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post and other publications.