Tuesday, April 02, 2024 12:00 PM |

Editorial Fact-Checking and Responsible Journalism: Part 1

When and where

icon calendarDate and time Tuesday, April 02, 2024 12:00 PM
Location Online Webinar

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST / 12:00 – 1:00 PM MST / 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

MagsBC, AMPA, Magazines Canada, AQEM members, and students: $12 for one seat or $17 for two seats
Non-Members: $22 for one seat or $27 for two seats.

Journalists tend to agree that fact-checking is vital to their discipline. But few are taught to think about it as a distinct step in their reporting methodology—one that intersects significantly with journalism ethics.

In this webinar (the first in a two-part series about fact-checking and ethics), Allison Baker and Viviane Fairbank from the Truth in Journalism Project will discuss the basics of editorial fact-checking, with a focus on how it can be implemented in longform media production. Their fundamental motivation is the Two-Layer Principle, which holds that there are always two distinct steps to establishing a statement in a journalistic story: first, reporting; then, verification. They will discuss how this principle can be applied in practice, how it can be incorporated into the editorial process, and how the relevant responsibilities can be divided among members of the editorial team.

Thanks to our funders.

This webinar is brought to you by the Magazine Association of BC, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, Magazines Canada and L’Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazines.

Speakers & Host

Allison Baker is a co-founder of the Truth in Journalism Project and the head of research at The Walrus. Since 2016, she has produced Mi’kmaq Matters, a podcast about the Mi’kmaw people, politics, land, and water of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). She has written, edited, and fact-checked for The Walrus, Toronto Life, NPR, CanadalandThe Canadian EncyclopediaXtra, and Reader’s Digest. She also fact-checked Eternity Martis’ bestselling memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun (McClelland & Stewart, 2020). From 2019–2021, she was a program officer at Historica Canada, where she worked with academic and community consultants to create multimedia content and educational guides, including the podcast series Residential Schools.

Viviane Fairbank is a co-founder of the Truth in Journalism Project. She has written, edited, and fact-checked for The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of CanadaReader’s Digest, Historica Canada, TVO, Harper’s, and NPR. In 2017, she was nominated for Best New Writer at the 2017 National Magazine Awards, and from 2017 to 2019, she worked as the associate editor and head of research at The Walrus. She is also currently a PhD student in philosophy.

Your Host, Joyce Byrne
Joyce Byrne is Alberta Magazine Publishers’ past President and an award-winning veteran of the Canadian magazine industry. She has led publishing, creative, marketing and sales teams and boards in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary, and has worked on nearly every type of magazine, from literary to light industrial, with consumer, business, visual art, health and cannabis in between. She is the recipient of the National Media Awards Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement (2018), AMPA’s Achievement in Publishing Award (2018) as well as the NABS Honour Roll (2013) and Advertising Club of Edmonton Fellowship Award (2014). Joyce is AMPA’s curriculum consultant and the host of the Strategies for Canadian Magazines series. Her personal brand is I Love Magazines.

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