Fact-checking Politics in Argentina and Around the World

November 26, 2018

On Nov. 27, Daniela Flamini will share her experience as a researcher in the Duke Reporters’ Lab, where she tracks political fact-checking projects across the globe.

Duke senior Daniela Flamini interns at Chequeado, a factchecking organization in Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Daniela Flamini

Fact-checking organizations are booming all over the world, Flamini says. The Duke senior helps maintain a database of more than 160 organizations and projects that verify the accuracy of statements by politicians and other public figures.

Last summer, she also spent time in Argentina as an intern for Cheqeuado, one such fact-checking organization that is based in Buenos Aires.

Flamini will discuss her work on November 27 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Rubenstein Library, Room 249.

Flamini works as a researcher for the Duke Reporters’ Lab, which is a project of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. Much of the lab’s work focuses on increasing the speed and impact of political fact-checking around the world, says Mark Stencel, co-director of the Reporters' Lab and a journalism instructor at the Sanford School.

“There are two different flavors of fact-checking,” Stencel says. “There’s the classic magazine type of fact-checking that’s about verifying your own work and making sure you get your facts correct, and then there’s political fact-checking, where a mix of news organizations and nonprofits look at what public figures say and then verify the accuracy of the statements.”

The Reporters’ Lab tallies groups involved with this second type of fact-checking. Founded to thwart the spread of disinformation, these organizations even follow a code of principles if they want to be verified by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). As part of her research work for the Reporters’ Lab, Flamini met many of the leading fact-checkers from around the world in person when attended the IFCN’s fifth GlobalFact Summit in Rome.  

“There’s a certain methodology that ensures the fact-checking is correct,” Flamini says. “And then these groups do journalism with that method of fact-checking.”

Buenos Aires, Argentina during summer 2018. Courtesy of Daniela Flamini

(Browse the Reporters’ Lab database: https://reporterslab.org/fact-checking/)

In Argentina, while at Chequeado, Flamini worked on two fact-checking projects and studied the local media environment for her senior thesis. During the same time, Argentina's Senate was debating a measure about legalizing abortion that roiled the country's politics.

“It’s an environment where the media is very polarized, and people are very polarized. The politics are very confusing because there are contested portrayals of reality,” she says. “In an environment like that, who gets to tell the truth and how does that work?”

This event is part of Duke at Home in the World, a month-long series designed to highlight the work of schools, institutes, departments and student organizations that are engaged with communities all over the world. The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is co-hosting the event.

The series is organized by the Office of Global Affairs and sponsored by the von der Heyden Fellows Fund, established by Karl (’62) and Mary Ellen von der Heyden.

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