The Ferret is committed to holding politicians and public figures to account, and extending access to accurate information.

We want to increase public knowledge of fact-checking and give people the tools they need to fact-check public statements, access public information, debunk fake news and verify images they see online.

With this in mind, we want to speak to you.

The Ferret team have conducted workshops across Scotland on fake news, fact-checking and how to find and interpret accurate data.

We offer a number of different workshops and talks that can be tailored for everyone – from young people to professionals.

  • Fake news – what is it and how to spot it?
  • How to fact-check the news – tools and tips to keep politicians honest
  • Too good to be true? Verifying what you see on social media
  • Freedom of information – Get the skills to unearth the information you need.

We can also provide a longer workshop which can incorporate all these elements and we are happy to tailor our events for specific audiences.

Please get in touch via contact@theferret.scot for more information on rates and the services we provide. Special discounts are available for non-profit organisations and community groups.

Who is our training for?

Factchecking training

Our training has proven useful for a wide range of people, including professionals in a number of fields, community activists, journalists, young adults, librarians, and members of the public.

As well as offering courses open to the public, we have also run courses for: NewsDirect, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland, Holyrood magazine, Glasgow Caledonian University, Strathclyde University and University of the West of Scotland.

To date, we have also run public courses in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Anstruther and Shetland. Ferret subscribers usually get discounted access to these events.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for details of our forthcoming events.

What do they say about our events?

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