FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias have now been granted funding from the Google News Initiative to make reality checks about COVID-19 immunization misinformation and short bilingual video explainers.
The combined task is designed to combat viral misinformation and give relevant details about vaccination to U.S. Hispanic homes via videos in Spanish and English.
FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Community Plan Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and Univision are the only real U.S.-based businesses on the list of 11 projects plumped for Google News Initiative funding, which was announced March 16, 2021.
“We caused Univision’s talented team over the past two months of the 2020 election, and we are thrilled to keep dealing with them on COVID-19 misinformation,” claimed Eugene Kiely, director of FactCheck.org. “Univision is the principal news supply for Hispanics in the U.S. Thus giving people a way to reach a larger and more diverse audience.”
“The pandemic and misinformation have disproportionately affected the Hispanic neighborhood,” claimed Jose Zamora, elderly vice president of communications at Univision News. “This extraordinary relationship between Univision Noticias and FactCheck.org, with the support of the Google News Initiative, enables people to work well with one of the best fact-checking systems in the U.S. to keep and improve our fight against misinformation and ensure that Latinos have usage of appropriate information. Univision Noticias is focused on helping its neighborhood through literature and fact-checking; this relationship permits us to meet both purposes and our mission.”
The Google News Initiative released a $3 million Open Fund in January for projects on COVID-19 vaccines, which can be inclined to areas underserved by fact-checking businesses or targeted by misinformation. Google acquired a lot more than 309 purposes from 74 countries.
Different users alongside the FactCheck.org-Univision Noticias relationship contain:
- Africa Check, in relationship with Theatre for a Change, to make involved radio crisis shows in Wolof in Senegal and Pidgin in Nigeria;
- Chequeado, to keep leading the collaborative task Latam Cheque, which includes a lot more than 20 fact-checking businesses across Latin America;
- Stuff, in relationship with Māori Television and the Pacific Media System, to fact-check misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand;
- The Quint, in India, leading a broad collaborative task seeking to supply hyper-local
misinformation and spread reality checks via a grassroots system of rural women.
For the actual number, see Google’s announcement.
Early in 2021, FactCheck.org’s SciCheck plan released an enhanced project to make published and video reality checks about the coronavirus, COVID-19, and vaccines in Spanish as effectively as English to achieve underserved areas where long-standing social and health inequities have set people at higher threat of disease and death from COVID-19, and where vaccination rates have now been low. Up to now, it’s produced a lot more than 15 articles and videos in Spanish, including guides to the FDA-approved Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Different reality checks in Spanish contain:
- Number hay evidencia de que las vacunas afecten la fertilidad (No evidence vaccines influence fertility)
- Movie difunde información falsa ymca engañosa sobre mascarillas (Video airs fake, inaccurate claims about experience masks)
- Movie de SciCheck: Los hechos sobre las recomendaciones de uso de mascarillas del Dr. Fauci (SciCheck video: The factual statements about Fauci and masks)
- Movie engañoso aviva miedos de comunidades de color respecto a vacuna contra el
COVID-19 (Video employs fake claims to stoke race-based doubts of COVID-19 vaccine)
Helpful tips to FactCheck.org’s coronavirus coverage may be found here.
About Univision News
Univision’s award-winning News team focuses on educating the country’s fastest-growing part across all media systems, including TV, radio, and interactive. Hispanics count on the newest and most relevant content that affects the community through: “Noticiero Univision,” the network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Saturday public affairs plan “Al Punto” (To The Point); newsmagazine shows “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Primer Impacto” (First Impact); as well as day news segments on “Despierta América” (Wake Up America). Univision has increased its news team and extended its news procedures by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.
About the Annenberg Community Plan Middle
The Annenberg Community Plan Center (APPC) was recognized in 1993 to teach the general public and plan producers about communication’s position in evolving public understanding of political, research, and health issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Their task FactCheck.org was co-founded in 2003 by APPC Director Kathleen Corridor Jamieson and journalist Brooks Garcia as a nonpartisan, nonprofit “client advocate” for voters. In 2015 it released the function SciCheck to investigate science-based claims.