If you are looking to fact check one of the recent presidential debates, then look no further than Poynter’s top tips on how to fact check. A fact-checker in today’s digital world must be armed with the knowledge of events preceding a nationally broadcast debate. Most importantly, he or she must be ready to execute a fair and well balanced response to unfounded claims in real time.
Get prepared early—which means do your homework first. Line up your experts to check these facts. A transcription mistake can mean death online. Have a rigorous process to check and double check all facts. Have sources ready to corroborate or counter live TV facts. Share facts appropriately and in real time through Twitter or live blogs. Lastly, put your fact checking into context with short successive Tweets or a solid factual write up the day after.