Convoca is an organization dedicated to investigative journalism, and was founded eight years ago, in 2014, by Peruvian journalists, data analysts and programmers. With the support of the organization International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, it created this laboratory for innovation in fact-checking.
This project is destined for all teams and journalists aiming to break down barriers to reach new audiences in the fight against disinformation and fake news. Our objective is to scale up the keys and tools to innovate within a fact-checking organization, and promote the creation of more verification and corroboration units in editorial teams across the world
In 2014, the director and founder, journalist Milagros Salazar, and her team launched the digital medium Convoca.pe, whose model is based on permanent learning and innovation. We have received the First Innovation Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge 2019, in Latin America; the Grand National Prize for Journalism; the Award for the Best Written Report; and the Innovation Award 2019. We were also a finalist at the Data Journalism Awards 2018 in the Innovation category.
The learning process, the development of tools and the constant search for innovation in journalism drove us to create the platform Games for News to develop interactive video games that reach younger or more game-oriented audiences. We also aimed to identify the most suitable formats to convey corroborated information to native communities, which are limited by the linguistic barriers created by hegemonic languages.
With these objectives in mind, Convoca also aims to train fact-checkers in the planning and development of a creative work flow to achieve innovation in line with the specific requirements and context of the audience. To this end, it created an online mentorship program, which you can access for free on this website.