Fact Forward 2019 [International Fact-Checking Network]

Applications Due: 29.3 2019. Open call for projects – by fact-checking organizations and/or teams of journalists, designers, developers or data scientists – which can represent a paradigmatic innovation for fact-checkers in the areas of (1) Formats; (2) Business models; (3) Technology-assisted fact-checking. The winning project will receive USD $50,000.

Open to existing fact-checking teams or organizations that seek funding to scale up or launch a new project, as well as experienced journalists with well-developed ideas or prototypes. The fund is open to fact-checking projects run by traditional media companies, as well as digital media entrepreneurs. If there is a resulting code of this project, it must be open and it should be public in a GitHub repository.

For this fund, an innovative project is defined as one that provides a distinct, novel user experience that seamlessly integrates content, design and business strategy. The innovation should serve both the audience and the organization.

Applicants must be organizations or teams of at least two people who have tested their concept or at least developed a prototype. Applications from individuals will be accepted if they are paired with a fact-checking organization where the project will be implemented in the 12-months time frame.

Applicants must be employed by a fact-checking organization that is a signatory of the IFCN code of principles or must present a signed memorandum of understanding with one of the verified signatories agreeing on implementing the project together.