CLASS - November 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2-4pm PT / 5-7pm ET

Fact Checking 101

Fact-checking is more than quality control: it's foundational. It's at the core of listener trust. But where do you start? In this introductory course, you'll leave with the knowledge you need to contract fact-checkers for your project and/or to become one yourself.
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Key Takeaways

1. Learn why fact-checking matters. 
2. Your podcast needs to be fact-checked. Here's how that happens. 
3. You can become a fact-checker. Here's how you do it.

About this class

  • Monday, November 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2024. 
  • 2-4pm PT / 5-7pm ET 
  • Virtual
  • 4 x 2 hour classes
  • $370 AIR members 
    $425 non-members
  • Payment plans available at checkout. 
In the age of fake news and reported podcasts, fact-checking is more important than ever. But where to begin? In this intro class, Jeanette Beebe, a fact checker, reporter and producer with almost a decade of experience, will teach you the why and hows of fact-checking. 
Through class discussions about working with sources, medical fact-checking, budgeting, ethics, and red flags, and homework assignments meant to teach you the invaluable skills needed to make a difference in your reporting, you’ll come out equipped to start advocating for fact checking on your team, and breaking into and getting hired to fact check as a vocation.

Who is this class for? 

This class is for complete beginners, for those who are serious and/or curious about fact-checking, for those who want to know more but may be intimidated by the field. It’s for managers who might want to start a fact-checking system at their podcast, and for reporters/producers who want to start working as a fact-checker as a new career.
Meet the instructor

Jeanette Beebe

Jeanette Beebe is a data-driven and community-oriented journalist, fact-checker, and podcast producer based in the Highland Square neighborhood of Akron, Ohio. She is a Contributing Editor at Investopedia and supported The COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic. Her reporting has appeared in Time Health, Popular Science, Fast Company, and elsewhere, and she has worked as a fact-checker at Scientific American, Insider, and various podcasts, including More Than a Feeling (10 Percent Happier). She also attended the Knight Science Journalism at MIT’s fact-checking workshops. As an audio storyteller, she has contributed to Darknet Diaries, WHYY, and The Ohio Newsroom, and she served as a recordist/field producer for several outlets, including Gimlet Media and NPR/ProPublica's "Lost Mothers" series. For three years, she wrote a daily newsletter for the Center for Cooperative Media in New Jersey. She also has a literary background, mostly as a poet. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University.
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