Convoca launches free bilingual course on innovation for fact-checking

Inscriptions will be open until January 25, 2023. During the virtual course, you will learn how to use innovative formats, such as podcasts and online video games, to develop journalistic products for specific audiences, such as native communities and young persons.

To allow more independent journalists and professionals dedicated to fact-checking information and public discourse to explore different formats to scale up the dissemination of their content, has prepared a free bilingual course (in Spanish and English) on innovation in fact-checking, with the support of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute. 

Participants can enroll from January 9 to 25, 2023 through this form from the virtual classroom at Escuela Convoca, which will host all the content of the learning space: content videos, Power Point presentations of the essential concepts, tools, support materials and schedule of the live sessions with teachers and mentors to answer participants’ questions.

This online course has systematized the main learnings from the Mentorship Program on Fact-Checking developed by Convoca in partnership with the IFCN between June and October 2022, with the participation of journalists from fact-checking units in Latin America, Europe and Asia: ChequeaBolivia, Colombia Check, Fact-Check Georgia, Mongolian Fact-Checking Center - MFCC and Factly Media & Research (India).

The work developed during the program in podcast and video game format has been published in the Innovation Laboratory for Fact-Checking, which recently launched to promote this kind of initiative. It has also been published on the websites of the media outlets and journalism organizations of the authors of the content.

The online classes in this course will start on January 30, 2023, and the participants who complete all the course sessions and attend at least two of the three live mentorship sessions will be able to receive a certificate with the accreditation of the IFCN and Convoca. To obtain the certificate, sign up at [email protected]


During five weeks long, there will be 9 theoretical lessons and 3 mentorship sessions:

Week 1:

-Introduction and principles of fact-checking: Innovation in journalism to fight disinformation.

-Agile methodologies to create projects for innovation in journalism.

-Mentorship 1: Identify your target audience to design your innovation product.


Week 2:

-Fact-checking through interactive games.

-Creating interactive educational games: Games for News/ Create your Story/ Decipher using Images and Quiz.

-Mentorship  2: Viability of the games developed and presentation. Good practice.


Week 3:

-Production, distribution and dissemination of fact-checking projects in the podcast format.

-Escudo project: Production of podcasts in native languages and Dissemination strategies with local radios and social organizations.

Week 4:

Mentorship 3: Creation of podcasts and presentation of initiatives. Good practices.

Week 5:

Use and improvement of social networks for the dissemination of journalistic fact-checking, examples and creation of communities: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok.

The classes will be given by professionals with extensive experience in journalism, innovation and educational processes: Elena Miranda, journalist and editor at; Carolina Caycho, podcast producer and editor, who coordinated the Escudo Project for Latin America; Elvis Rivera, renowned programmer and leader of the team of developers who created Games for News; Javier Reyes, coach on collective creation processes, expert in agile methodology with over 17 years experience in designing products and services; Antonio Manco, journalist and leader of teams managing digital platforms and social networks at Convoca, and Milagros Salazar, journalist and editor with over 20 years’ experience in media and the management of cross-border projects in Latin America and Africa, with conferences and workshops provided in three continents. Salazar is the founder and director of Convoca, and designed the academic proposal of the mentorship program on Innovation for Fact-checking with the teams at Escuela Convoca and Convoca Verifica. 

The methodological and academic proposal to transform the main learnings of the mentorship program in this large-scale, free and bilingual course was designed by Ana Paula Senisse Valencia, a specialist in online educational programs.