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Publicado martes, 15 marzo 2022
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About Us

Factchequeado is an initiative created to counter mis and disinformation within the Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States. An innovative project led by Maldita.es, the first Spanish non-profit fact-checking media created to combat disinformation in Spain, and Chequeado, the first fact-checking media organization in Argentina and the Global South.  

Both organizations are characterized by innovation in approaching their audiences, creating proactive communities, fostering collaborative work, expanding journalist’s networks and developing civic technology.

They united forces in 2021 to draw on their proven experience to fill a gap and find a solution for Spanish-speaking communities especially vulnerable to mis-disinformation. This is a community of 60 million Hispanics and Latinos living in the U.S., which by 2030 will represent more than 20% of the country's population. 

As a result, it has become fundamental to produce fact-checked content in Spanish especially aimed at these underserved communities to limit the impact of mis and disinformation by collaborating alongside fact-checking organizations and local media outlets to facilitating their access to verified information through Spanish speaking media in the U.S. and the different platforms they use for news consumption and sharing.

What we do

Factchequeado is:

  • A digital medium of mis-disinformation verification that creates open-source original Spanish content, available on various platforms and social networks.
  • A collaborative alliance with large and small Latino media and fact-checking organizations aimed at increasing the focus on these underserved communities. 
  • A One-on-One community, providing crowdsourcing tools to educate and learn about the informational needs of the different Hispanic and Latino communities in the US, while respecting their language and culture. 
  • A space for training on fact-checking tools and fighting disinformation for U.S. journalists, with a clear focus on Hispanic journalists.
  • An innovation lab to fight disinformation that will develop new formats through experimentation and exploration of new technologies.
  • A database for academics interested in investigating disinformation in Spanish in the United States.

Factchequeado fact-checks the mis and disinformation circulating on social networks and mass media through quality journalism.

We listen to our audience's needs and focus on platforms such as Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp, Telegram, and other news outlets, to help citizens know whether the content they receive is accurate, false, based on little or no evidence, or lacks context.

We use investigative and data journalism tools, images, and video verification techniques, which any citizen can learn, to help our community make decisions based on facts, not gossip, rumors, prejudice, or speculation.

Learn with us: training opportunities

We believe that journalism is a service of public interest, and as such, it must be of quality, transparent, innovative, and collaborative.

We believe collaboration with citizens, with local media that help us hear first-hand the relevant issues of the communities, and with the large press -national and international- that follow the public agenda is essential for our denials and fact-checks to go further.

We can all learn to verify information! At Factchequeado, we offer educational tools so that citizens can check the content they receive and avoid sharing unverified content and thus increasing the problem of disinformation.

If you are interested in Factchequeado's training program and knowing more about our educational tools, please reach out to us at [email protected]

Become our partner 

At Factchequeado, we believe that journalism is a service of public interest, and as such, it must be transparent, innovative, and of high standards of quality, but above all collaborative.

One of our premises is impact: we want more and more people to have access to verified information and the tools to identify and check if what they consume is true or false, lacks evidence, or needs a better context.

To achieve this, we partner with other media in Spanish and English in the United States, large and small, allowing them to publish our verified quality content for free, in innovative formats, and have access to our educational and pedagogical tools.

In that collaborative synergy, our allies help us understand their communities, their priorities and their needs, which allows our team of talented journalists in the United States to identify the stories and the issues to monitor.

If you are interested in being an ally of Factchequeado, please write to [email protected]

Our Team

Tamoa Calzadilla. Managing Editor, Miami, USA

As managing editor for Factchequeado, Tamoa is responsible for the production of original content at Factchequeado, as well as the exploration and implementation of creative approaches to better serve the U.S. Spanish-speaking community. Former Director of elDetector, Univision Noticias fact-checking platform. She has led live digital-TV fact-checking coverage, and alliances with other media, organizations and universities to combat disinformation that mainly affects latinos. Pulitzer Prize Finalist for the collaborative work #FinCenfiles (2021) on corrupt Venezuelan politicians and international banking acting as leader for the the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). She was also part of the investigative team of the Panama Papers (ICIJ, 2016). She has been appointed Honoris Causa María Moors Cabot from Columbia University, and distinguished with the Gabriel García Márquez Honors and IPYS  AWARD for Best Research, together with the team she led in Venezuela, in 2014. She’s also winner of the Ipys/Transparency International award for best coverage of corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Natalie Van Hoozer. Community Engagement Editor and Partnerships Strategist, Reno, Nevada, USA

Natalie Van Hoozer is the U.S. representative for SembraMedia, a media nonprofit for which she researches independent, digital, Spanish-language media organizations across the country.  She is also an independent journalist and translator in Reno, Nevada. She works as a contributing bilingual reporter and the community engagement coordinator for KUNR Public Radio, the NPR member station for Northern Nevada. Previously, Natalie was an Online News Association MJ Bear Fellow and a Solutions Journalism Network LEDE Fellow. She is an alum of the Fulbright program in Argentina. 

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Laura Zommer. Cofounder, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Laura Zommer is the co-founder, director, and editor in chief of Chequeado, the first fact-checking organization in Argentina, Latin America, and the Global South. She is also the creator of LatamChequea, the largest regional fact-checking network, which brings together more than 30 media organizations across 15 countries to fight disinformation and lies in public discourse. She is a board member for SembraMedia and La Silla Vacía (Colombia) and is also a member of the advisory boards for the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and Género & Numero in Brazil. For her work as a journalist, she has received more than half a dozen awards, including the Gabriel García Márquez Award in the “Innovation” category from the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericana (FNPI).

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Clara Jiménez Cruz. Cofounder, Madrid, Spain

Clara Jiménez Cruz is the co-founder and CEO of Maldita.es, a Spanish foundation and nonprofit news organization created to fight disinformation and lies in public discourse through fact-checking and data journalism. Maldita.es develops tech tools that enable citizens to make informed decisions. The Maldita.es team also engages with its audience through new formats, such as its Whatsapp fact-checking chabot, which won the European Press Prize in 2020. After a decade-long career as a TV journalist, Clara, who works regularly with  national media organizations in Spain, was appointed to the High Level Group against Disinformation by the European Commision and is a current member of the International Fact-Checking Network Advisory Board. Among other recognitions, she has been awarded a 2019 Ashoka Fellowship and was named Spanish Young Journalist of the Year in 2020.

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Funding

Quality journalism, like the one we do at Factchequeado, is expensive. We need funds to produce information based on the best available evidence and to present it in a timely manner and in attractive formats.

Creating journalistic networks, training journalists and empowering citizens, and creating a community of Hispanics and Latinos to counter mis and disinformation in the US requires a budget that donors together with Chequeado and Maldita.es own funding cover. 

We are committed to a diversified financing model, which guarantees our sustainability and autonomy, and we are committed to being transparent about who finances and supports us.

We want to thank the support of the Google News Initiative, which has given us our first grant to start the project and the ABIM Foundation, which awarded our project with an 80,000$ prize to combat medical and health misinformation claims, with a focus on those that are trending on WhatsApp. 

If you want to financially support Factchequeado, reach out to our co founders at [email protected] and [email protected]