Fact checker

Description

Fact checkers make certain that all the information in texts that are ready for publishing is correct. They research the facts thoroughly and correct errors.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to fact checker:

researcher/fact checker
editor/fact checker
writer/fact checker
fact-checker
assistant editor
copy editor/fact checker
journalist/fact checker

Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is generally required to work as fact checker. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Fact checker is a Skill level 4 occupation.

Fact checker career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to fact checker.

copy editor
genealogist
lexicographer
book editor
magazine editor

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of fact checker. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of fact checker with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of fact checker.

Search engines: The methods and techniques to navigate search engines and find information quickly.
Scientific research methodology: The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of fact checker.

Proofread text: Read a text thoroughly, search for, review and correct errors to ensure content is valid for publishing.
Consult information sources: Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.
Read articles: Read unpublished articles thoroughly to look for errors.
Search databases: Search for information or people using databases.
Develop professional network: Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.
Read manuscripts: Read incomplete or complete manuscripts from new or experienced authors.
Communicate by telephone: Liaise via telephone by making and answering calls in a timely, professional and polite manner.
Perform background research on writing subject: Run thorough background research on writing subject; desk-based research as well as site visits and interviews.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fact checker. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Interview techniques: The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.
Writing techniques: The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.
Press law: The laws concerning the licensing of books and the freedom of expression in all products of the media.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fact checker. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Interview people: Interview people in a range of different circumstances.
Rewrite manuscripts: Rewrite unpublished manuscripts to correct errors and to make them more appealing to the target audience.
Consult with editor: Consult with the editor of a book, magazine, journal or other publications about expectations, requirements, and progress.

ISCO group and title

2642 – Journalists

 

 


 

 

References
  1. Fact checker – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022