Africa Check offers a range of introductory workshops and master-classes on research skills, data journalism and fact-checking – from getting the key facts right for journalists and media practitioners to spotting internet hoaxes and doctored images and working with data around crime, health, education, public opinion and other topics.

All of our workshops are developed and presented by senior Africa Check editors and researchers, and offer practical information and replicable skills, built on sound practices and principles.

Africa Check also provides specialist in-house training, customised to suit your business or organisation’s needs. Discounted rates are available for community-based organisations and NPOs. Courses offered include:

An introduction to fact-checking

Africa Check offers a range of 90-minute sessions, made to fit into your staff’s busy work day. These sessions can also be developed to address your specific business or organisation’s needs – if you would like to find out more, please contact us using the form below.

Why fact-checking matters
A session on fact-checking for the unconvinced: why it matters; the pitfalls and mistakes organisations get themselves into; understanding data; and the benefits of data-based communication.

Fact-checking – the basics
A session for everyone from researchers and reporters to copy editors on the basics of fact-checking: everything from avoiding simple mistakes to finding the best data sources and identifying key questions to ask about public claims.

Fact-checking – tools for the job
The internet allows false claims to spread easily online but also offers a host of resources to help you spot – and stop – them. This session takes you through the best tools for the job from check-lists to useful websites.

Understanding numbers
Many in the media, the non-profit sector and even in business are wary of numbers. In this session we explain the key points to watch out for when considering a claim – and offer techniques that won’t threaten the numerically-challenged.

Fact-checking for professionals: Half and full-day workshops

And for those wanting more in-depth training, we also offer modular half-day workshops – either based on our own material, or developed to address specific skills development needed by your organisation.

Fact-checking – why it matters and its key techniques
A half or full-day session on why fact-checking matters and an understanding of the key techniques – from spotting fakes and finding the best data sources to dealing with numbers and presenting data.

Crime statistics – understanding the numbers
How do we calculate crime trends? Why are the biases to look out for? Why is it important to look at ratios and not just raw numbers? In this full or half-day workshop we set out the best formulas for working out crime by the numbers.

Health check – reporting matters of life and death
It is always important to get things right. But in health reporting it can be a matter of life and death. Our workshop looks at everything from assessing claims to understanding medical studies, even if you are not an expert.

Education – how to mark the school system
Everyone wants to know how the school system is doing, but how can you tell? What can you learn from comparing results from different years and in different countries? What other factors are at play? Our workshop provides the answers.

Public opinion – Fact-checking polls and surveys
Opinion polls and surveys are a staple diet of public debate. But many are misleading, claiming to be representative of public opinion when they are not. Our trainer will take you through the perils and pitfalls of reporting polls and surveys.

Photo-check – the fine line between seeing and believing
Faked and mislabelled images are widespread online. What are the best techniques for spotting and exposing a hoax image? Our workshop sets out best-practice principles and provides you with the tools and techniques to spot the frauds.

For details on these and other courses we run, and on our rates, get in touch below