Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep2:30 pm3:15 pmVirtual EventHow to Apply the Fact-Checking MindsetNicole Schmidt, Viviane Fairbank, Hamutal Dotan2:30 pm - 3:15 pm EST

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What is fact-checking? The term can mean a lot of things—anything from Daniel Dale’s live fact checks of US politicians to Facebook’s anti-disinformation efforts. But magazines have a long, and mostly invisible, history of fact-checking their work, carefully going through a feature line by line to back up every detail. This discussion will bring together fact checkers and editors from The Walrus to discuss how the process of fact-checking an award-winning magazine has informed how they approach commissioning, writing, and editing long-form journalism—and how you can bring the skills of fact-checking into your writing and editing practice.

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Hamutal Dotan

Prior to joining The Walrus as senior editor, Hamutal Dotan edited long-form features for the Globe and Mail, commented on politics for the CBC, and led an online magazine to become the first to win a National Magazine Award without ever having issued a print edition.

Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt is a Berlin-based writer and fact checker. Prior to joining The Walrus as the Power Corporation of Canada Senior Fellow, she worked as the arts and culture editor at Toronto Life. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s, the National Post, Yahoo, and Vice.

Viviane Fairbank

Viviane Fairbank is a writer and editor based in Montreal, formerly associate editor and head of research at The Walrus.


(Sunday) 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm EST


The Walrus