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Disinformation and fact-checking in the COVID-19 era in Latin America and the Caribbean

Instrutores:   Cristina Tardáguila
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The content of this self-directed course is based on the Knight Center for Journalism in the America's massive open online course (MOOC) titled "Disinformation and Fact-Checking in the COVID-19 era in Latin America and the Caribbean." The four-module course took place from February 15 to March 14, 2021. We are now making the content available at no cost to students who took the course and anyone else interested in learning more about the origins of fact-checking in journalism and about the tools needed to debunk fake news amid a pandemic.

This Knight Center course is possible thanks to the support of UNESCO through its #CoronavirusFacts project, funded by the European Union.

The course was taught by Cristina Tardáguila. She created and curated the content for the course, which includes video classes, readings, and more.

The course materials are grouped into four modules::

  • Introduction to the MOOC: Introduction
  • Module 1: Introduction to fact-checking
  • Module 2: How do I start a fact-checking unit?
  • Module 3: COVID-19 governance in the pandemic: real-life scenarios
  • Module 4: Is regulation the best way to stop disinformation?

As you review this self-directed course, we encourage you to watch the videos and review the readings as time allows. The course materials build on each other, and the videos and readings can also be used as standalone resources that you can return to over time.

We hope you enjoy the resources. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at journalismcourses@austin.utexas.edu.

Meet the instructor

Cristina TardáguilaCristina Tardáguila was the associate director of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) until March 2021. She is one of the pioneers in fact-checking in Latin America and the founder of Agência Lupa, the first news agency specializing in fact-checking in Brazil. Cristina graduated with a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She holds a post-graduate degree in journalism from the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid and an MBA in Digital Marketing from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio. She has worked as a reporter and editor at EFE News Agency, O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo newspapers, and the Piauí magazine. She is the author of the books "A arte do descaso," about art theft, and "Você foi enganado," about presidential lies. Cristina has presented two TEDx talks on disinformation and won the journalist of the year award from elPeriodico, in Spain. She has also been nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award in Colombia. She currently coordinates the CoronaVirusFacts alliance, the largest collaborative fact-checking project in the world.

Introduction to the course and the outline of topics


1.Welcome video

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2. Course syllabus



1. Noticias falsas. Es complicado. (Claire Wardle) [First Draft - también disponible en inglés]

2. 7 tipos de mala información / desinformación (infografía de Claire Wardle) [First Draft]

3. Código de Ética y Principios de la IFCN (texto disponible en inglés) [IFCN]

4.  Lista de miembros verificados de la IFCN. Encuentra una organización de tu país y revisa su última auditoría (texto disponible en inglés) [IFCN]

Introduction to fact-checking

Video classes

1. Introduction to fact-checking

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2. Interview with Pablo Uribe (Colombiacheck)

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3. Interview with Natália Leal

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1. The fact-checking movement in Latin America owes a great deal to the Gabo Award [Gabo]

2. FACT-CHECKING IN LATIN AMERICA: EXPERIENCES AND POTENTIAL (De Chequeado, en Argentina). 2014. III. Fact checking en Latinoamérica: experiencias y potencial, de Ariel Arriera (páginas 11-16) [Duke Reporter's LAB]

How do I start a fact-checking unit?

Video classes

1. How to create your own methodology?

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2. How to be transparent about funding and sources

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3. How to avoid bias?

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1. Public discourse fact-checking method [Chequeado]

COVID-19 governance in the pandemic: real-life scenarios

Video clases

1. CrowdTangle + Buzzsumo

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2. TweetDeck for fact-checkers

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3. Reverse image search – some tools

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1. Dangerous fake news: it is not true that masks reduce oxygen intake [Univision]


Is regulation the best way to stop disinformation?

Video classes

1. Media literacy as a solution

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1. How is Nodio different from an independent fact-checking organization? [La Nacion]