Technology & Tools Track: Debunking viral misinformation about elections: Lessons from Verificado

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Monica Rosas of AJ+ Español; Norberto Santana of Voice of OC
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 15 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Texas C
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Verificado, the largest-ever collaborative effort of its kind in Latin America, battled misinformation in the Mexican elections through fact-checking, debunking false viral content and verifying reports about the electoral process. Lessons learned from the unprecedented project can be replicated in other countries. Get advice on collaborating across platforms and using social media and digital tools to vet information and debunk fakes. 

This session was planned in collaboration with the Online News Association.

Speaker Bios

  • Monica Cruz-Rosas is a reporter and editor from Mexico City. She's currently a senior producer at AJ+ Español. She joined Verificado2018, a media-collaborative initiative to tackle disinformation during the 2018 presidential election in Mexico. Her work has also been featured in El País, Univision and MX magazine. She has a master's degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She was a fellow at Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program.   

  • Norberto Santana Jr. is an award-winning investigative reporter with more than two decades reporting experience, largely focused on local government across Southern California. He’s worked as a staff writer for the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union Tribune, the San Bernardino County Sun, the Virgin Islands Daily News and Congressional Quarterly. Since 2009, he’s led the digital nonprofit newsroom, Voice of OC, covering civic life in Orange County, California.

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