This week, ICFJ welcomed its first Truthbuzz Fellow, Sérgio Spagnuolo, from Brazil. He spent a few days in the office, preparing for a six-month fellowship working with Brazilian newsrooms to fight against misinformation.
Spagnuolo will work with Brazilian organizations Aos Fatos, a major fact-checking publication, and Folha de São Paulo, one of the country’s largest newspapers, to improve the reach and impact of their existing fact-checking efforts.
“Many news organizations do a great job fact-checking,” said Cassandra Balfour, the program’s manager. “This fellowship is about designing compelling methods to help those fact-checking efforts reach as many people as possible.”
Spagnuolo sat down for an interview with Oren Levine, ICFJ’s director of innovation, to discuss his previous work, the challenges of fighting misinformation on WhatsApp, solutions he hopes to experiment with and the case he thinks best exemplifies successful fact-checking.