Checking the Fact-Checkers:
A Global Perspective

PROGRAM Conference Agenda 

Opening Address: Welcome to Checking the Fact-Checkers International Conference 2022
Speaker: Prof. Huang Yu, Dr. Celine Song, Prof. Raymond Li, Prof. Daya Thussu, Dr. Drew Margolin
Time: 9:30 – 9:40 HKT

Keynote Talk 1 (9:40 – 10:30 HKT)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kelly Garrett, Professor, Ohio State University

Panel 1: Network Approach to Fact-Checking Research (10:40 – 12:00 HKT)
Chair: Dr. Drew Margolin, Associate Professor, Cornell University

Speaker Title
Dr. Chris Chao Su & Dr. Michelle A. Amazeen Racial disparities in debunking efforts: A network analysis of the referenced web entities on SciCheck
Dr. Zhai Wei Spatiotemporal patterns and social networks of disaster misinformation sharing and its correction
Dr. Stephanie Tsang The Effects of Different Misinformation Tactics on Readers

Lunch Break 12:00 – 13:00 HKT

Panel 2: Understanding Misinformation and Detection Techniques (13:00 – 15:00 HKT)
Chair: Dr. Liang Lan, Manager (Technology and Operation), HKBU Fact Check

Speaker Title
Prof. Zhao Yonghua & Dou Shuqi A study on causes and generation mechanism of international fake news: Crisp-Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on 32 cases
Dr. Su Yan Partisan Media Use and Covid-19 misperceptions
Dr. Chan Chi Kit, Prof. Paul Lee, Dr. Keith Cheung & Dr. Clio Wu Towards an Integrative Model for Automated Detection of Fake News
Dr. Songlin Hu Beyond Content: Graph-based propagation structure learning for misinformation detection

Panel 3: Fact-Checking in Practice (15:10 – 16:30 HKT)
Chair: Prof. Raymond Li, Professor of Practice, Hong Kong Baptist University

Speaker Title
Dr. Lu Yuanhang Kevin & Dr. Bess Y. Wang Contextualizing Norms, Principles, and Routine of Fact-Checking: Evidence from Hong Kong’s Fact-checking Initiatives
Dr. Jennifer Birks Fact-checking facts in narratives and narrative facts
Dr. Laurens Lauer Similar Practice, Different Logics

Keynote Talk 2 (9:00 – 9:30 HKT)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Harvard University

Keynote Talk 3 (9:30 – 10:00 HKT)
Speaker: Dr. Drew Margolin, Associate Professor, Cornell University

Panel 4: Fact-Checking and Journalism (10:10 – 11:50 HKT)
Chair: Dr. Bess Y. Wang, Co-Director, HKBU Fact Check

Speaker Title
Dr. Joel Luther ClaimReview and MediaReview: The hidden infrastructure of fact-checks
Dr. Sebastián Valenzuela Can Transparency Increase the Effectiveness of Fact-Checks? Experiments on Corrections, Belief Accuracy and Media Trust
Dr. Maria Diosa Labiste & Yvonne T. Chua Journalism-Based Fact Checking and Advocacy Fact-Checking in the May 2022 Philippines Elections
Prof. Wu Ying & Haodong Xu The Convergence of Journalistic Professionalism and Orientalism: A Study on the China-Related Fact-Checking Mechanism of International News

Lunch Break 11:50 – 13:00 HKT

Keynote Talk 4 (13:00 – 13:30 HKT)
Keynote Speaker: Rachel Blundy, Head of Digital Investigation, AFP in Asia Pacific

Panel 5: Fact-Checking and the Public: Perception, Participation and Democracy (13:40 – 15:40 HKT)
Chair: Dr. Celine Song, Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

Speaker Title
Dr. Peter Loewen & Dr. John R. McAndrews What Kinds of Fact Checks Do Citizens Want? Survey experimental evidence from Canada
Dr. Nick Zhang The Promises and Pitfalls of growing public participation in fact-checking
Dr. Mathieu O’Neil & Dr. Rachel Cunneen Developing the fact-checking skills of young Australian citizens in the attention economy
Dr. Andreea Alina Mogos & Dr. Alexandra Szilagyi Teaching fact-checking in Europe: The EUFactcheck project - verification strategies and thematic focus
Dr. Alan Ouakrat & Marie-Noëlle Doutreix Is fact-checking a tool for democracy in an algorithmically mediated context?

Panel 6: Evaluating the Effects of Fact-Checking (15:50 – 17:10 HKT)
Chair: Professor Daya Thussu, Hong Kong Baptist University

Speaker Title
Dr. Yusi Liu & Dr. Wenjie Yan, Dr. Ruiming Zhou A Mass Line Approach to Checking the Facts? Exploring the Effects of Mass Report as Fact-Checking Practice in China
Dr. Su Linsen Effects of discussion networks on misinformation correction
Dr. Florian Dauphin Limits to the effects of “fact-checking” and “debunking”: the case of the French experience

Closing Speech
Time: 17:10-17:20 HKT

AWARDS (Coming soon)


A selection of the papers will be published as an edited volume by a leading international publisher. We are aiming to approach Routledge in New York for the inclusion of the proposed book in their Advances in Internationalizing Media Studies series to be edited by Dr. Céline Yunya Song, Professor Daya Thussu (both of HKBU) and Dr. Drew Margolin (Cornel University, USA).



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kelly Garrett

Professor, The Ohio State University


Keynote Talk 1 - Dr. Kelly Garrett
Title: "Misinformation on Social Media: Correcting the Record"

Dr. Matthew Baum

Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Harvard University


Keynote Talk 2- Dr. Matthew Baum
Title: "Building a Science of Misinformation: Defining the Problem and Developing a Research Community"

Dr. Drew Margolin

Associate Professor, Cornell University


Keynote Talk 3- Dr. Drew Margolin
Title: "Examining the Bounded Rationality of Fact-Checking Amid Information Abundance"

Rachel Blundy

Head of Digital Investigation, AFP in Asia Pacific


Keynote Talk 4 - Rachel Blundy - Dr. Kelly Garrett
Title: "Combating misinformation in Asia-Pacific"

Organizing Committee Members

About the Organizing Institution

Originally founded in 1968, the School of Communication at HKBU provides a comprehensive range of programs in communication available in Hong Kong at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and maintains close connections with Hong Kong's media and creative industries. Home to some 35 research faculty and 40 PhD students, the School of Communication has been rated Hong Kong’s leading institution for communication/media research outputs in Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020 conducted by the University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong.

About the Organizing Institution

  • The language of the conference will be English.
  • Open to the public, without fees, subject to registration in advance.

The postal address

 School of Communication, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong


The conference was supported by the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (Project Number: 2021.A2.047.21B) from the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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