Disinformation in a pandemic: sharing fact checkers’ experiences 23 March 2021 As part of the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, editors from three fact-checking organisations across these isles shared their experiences of work during the pandemic — Claire Milne (Full Fact), Christine Bohan (TheJournal.ie), and Allan Leonard (FactCheckNI). The event was hosted by … Continue reading Disinformation in a pandemic: Sharing fact checkers’ experiences
Overcoming closed borders: opening up fact-checking solutions Interview with Giovanni ZAGNI (Director, Pagella Politica) by Allan LEONARD 24 November 2020 “I haven’t seen some of my colleagues in six months,” remarked Giovanni Zagni, director of Pagella Politica, based in Milan. Conducting this interview via Zoom was a salutary reminder of unprecedented times in which we … Continue reading Overcoming closed borders: Opening up fact-checking solutions
Telling stories with data: FactCheckNI session at Global Fact 7 by Allan LEONARD 29 June 2020 As part of the annual summit of the International Fact-Checking Network, FactCheckNI hosted “Telling Stories with Data” at Global Fact 7, an online session that explored the use of data in news and information presented to the public. I … Continue reading Telling stories with data
It’s all about the test: Counting COVID-19 deaths by Allan LEONARD 14 April 2020 “The figures on deaths relate in almost all cases to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for COVID-19. Slight differences in reporting in devolved administrations may mean that they include a small number of deaths outside … Continue reading It’s all about the test: Counting COVID-19 deaths
Asking the right questions for a better-informed public by Allan LEONARD 28 January 2020 Representing FactCheckNI and as part of a four-person panel, I was invited to give evidence to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies. Fellow witnesses were Ed Humpherson (Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation … Continue reading Asking the right questions for a better-informed public
Lies and democracy: Who are the truth tellers? by Allan LEONARD 6 December 2019 As part of the annual general meeting of NICVA, the umbrella body of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, there was a panel discussion on the topics of truth, trust, and how everyone engages with a bombardment of information. … Continue reading Lies and democracy: Who are the truth tellers?
Beyond fake news: Working collaboratively to address misinformation #NICSLive by Allan LEONARD 15 May 2019 FactCheckNI is becoming a regular feature of the annual NICS Live event, which brings together figures from across the Northern Ireland Civil Service as well as the wider public, private and voluntary sectors. This year was our third consecutive appearance, … Continue reading Beyond fake news: Working collaboratively to address misinformation #NICSLive
Stephen Nolan: Enhancing democratic debate in the era of fake news? by Allan LEONARD 26 February 2019 As part of their engagement programme, Queen’s University Belfast hosted a lecture by radio and television personality, Stephen Nolan, who was introduced by Ryan Feeney. Much of Nolan’s lecture was an autobiography of how he has developed his … Continue reading Stephen Nolan: Enhancing democratic debate in the era of fake news?
Earning trust “story by story”: Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age by Allan LEONARD 4 October 2018 Ulster University — along with the UK press regulatory body, Impress, and the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) — jointly hosted a symposium event at its Belfast campus: “Can … Continue reading Earning trust “story by story”
Ensuring trustworthiness, quality and value in all our work by Allan LEONARD 12 April 2018 The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) hosted an information seminar at Belfast City Hall, for staff from government organisations in Northern Ireland who have responsibility for statistics in their work (creating and/or applying). The audience was welcomed by … Continue reading Ensuring trustworthiness, quality and value in all our work
Siobhan SINNERTON, Jon SNOW, and Dorothy BYRNE. “The importance of journalism in an era of fake news”, Belfast Media Festival, The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland. “The fightback begins in Northern Ireland!” says Byrnes The importance of journalism in an era of fake news #BMF2017 by Allan LEONARD 17 November 2017 As part of the Belfast Media … Continue reading “The fightback begins in Northern Ireland!” says Byrnes
Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017 by Allan LEONARD 9 November 2017 For the second year, thanks to Building Change Trust, which provides financial support to FactCheckNI, I was able to attend the annual World Forum for Democracy event in Strasbourg, France. This year’s title was “Is populism a problem?” and … Continue reading Is fake news a problem? World Forum for Democracy 2017