TERMS OF REFERENCE ON DEVELOPMENT OF A MANUAL FOR FACT CHECKING

  

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE ON

ON CONDUCTING A STUDY ON FACT CHECKING TOOLS AND MECHANISMS, AS WELL AS DEVELOPMENT OF A MANUAL FOR FACT CHECKING JOURNALISM

  1. Background

In August 2018, “Public Journalism Club” (PJC) NGO launched “Establishment of Fact Checking Network” project financed by the Black Sea Trust, a Project of the German Marshal Fund of the United States.

The goal of the project is to enable media in Armenia to embrace fact-checking culture, to provide accurate, unbiased and balanced presentation of facts, news, statements and to equip media representatives with the skills of fact checking, in order to minimize disinformation dissemination risks, public misperceptions and improve knowledge of important issues among the public at large.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Introduce and pilot mechanisms of fact checking communication among media, civil society, state and international institutions;

  • Establish a non-formal network of fact-checking journalists based on the signed code of principles.

As a part of the project PJC is launching a Call, to recruit an expert for developing a unique fact checking Manual and Tutorial, for Armenian journalists and public at large.  

  1. Objectives and Results

The main objectives of the study and manual development are the following:

  • to identify fact-checking tools and approaches focusing on on-line platforms (e.g. online search engines, fact checking applications and websites, etc.), as well as offline techniques,

  • to recommend main set of tools for fact-checking activities applicable for Armenia, with a specific focus on political developments, human rights, national economy, social protection and propaganda.

  • to recommend practical procedures and mechanisms for effective fact checking actions in Armenia,

  • to develop fact-checker’s code of principles

  • to develop on-line manual-tutorial on fact checking for media representatives, based on local examples and cases.

  • to develop a manual-tutorial, that will be value added content to already existing guides produced by other partners of PJC.

  • to develop a manual-tutorial targeted to journalists, civil society and public at large.

  1. Key learning questions

What is the main concept of fact checking? Why is the fact checking important for delivery of accurate and true information? What are the main fact checking tools and technique? What international best practices on fact checking exist? Which fact checking tools could be used in Armenia? How can those tools be applied in Armenia by journalists? What fact checking platforms exist and how can they be replicated in Armenia? What are the main rules and code of ethics of fact checking? What are the main recommended actions for applying fact checking tools in Armenia and establishment of a platform of fact checking journalists/media organizations, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, state and international organization?

The code of principles of fact checking journalists will be based on the following requirements:

  • Periodical exchange of information,

  • Periodical monitoring of ongoing political, economic and social developments in the country,

  • Periodical consultations with human rights defenders, public monitoring groups, civil society organizations, state and international institutions,

  • Periodical checks and verifications of information from independent sources identified by signatories of the code of principles, as well as relevant stakeholders,

  • Publication of periodical reports/statistics on fact checking activities by network members.

  1. Deliverables/Outputs
     

The expected outputs are the following:

  • A study report (in Armenian) on fact checking tools for Armenia, including suggested code of principles for fact checking (maximum 25-30  pages),

  • A recommended manual-tutorial (in Armenian) for fact checking in Armenia (maximum 45 pages), including design and proofreading.

  1. Timetable

 

 

OUTPUTS

DATE DUE

  1.  

ToR published

September 10, 2018

  1.  

Researcher selected / contract signed

September 30, 2018

  1.  

Draft study report submitted

November 15, 2018

  1.  

Study report finalized

November 30, 2018

  1.  

Manual-tutorial developed and publicized

December 20, 2018

  1.  

Manual-tutorial presented to public (presentation)

January 15, 2019

  1. Qualifications and experience required

 

The consultant/trainer should have at least the following qualifications:

  • Relevant educational degree in research, data checking and/or journalism,

  • At least 5 years of extensive experience in research, data checking, information security and/or investigative journalism;

  • Quality presentation skills

  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

  1. Required documentation and application procedures

Interested individuals/experts with required qualification should submit their proposal/application by 20th of September to info@pjc.am.  

The proposal/application should include:

  1. Pitch, that will present an outline and concept, as well as possible structure of the study

  2. Financial proposal ;

  3. CV(s) outlining previous qualifications and experience.

If you have any questions on preparation of the Proposal please contact the Public Journalism Club via e-mail at info@pjc.am. or call at +37491 22 07 19.

 
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