My name is Karolin Schwarz. I am a freelance journalist, fact checker and trainer. My work appeared on the ARD political magazine Kontraste, ARD’s fact-checking platform Faktenfinder, Buzzfeed and Motherboard.
In February 2016, I founded Hoaxmap.org, on which false reports of refugees and PoC are collected. The project received nominations for the Grimme Online Award, the alternative media prize and the journalist prize “Der lange Atem” and received the democracy prize of the SPD faction in the Saxon state parliament.
My book “Hasskrieger: Der neue globale Rechtsextremismus” (“Hate Warriors: The new global far right”) was published in February 2020. In the book I deal with the continuities and innovations of digital right-wing extremism.
Since 2019 I am a member of the nominating committee of the Grimme Online Award. In April 2019 I was invited as an expert to a hearing in the Bundestag on the subject of election manipulation. My written statement can be found online. Ann-Kathrin Büüsker and I talk about digital issues in our podcast Filterbabbel.
I give lectures and trainings all over the world, for example in Sweden, Singapore, Bulgaria and Romania. In 2017-2018, I also took over the editorial responsibility for the video series about:blank. In the past I have worked as a fact checker for Correctiv.org and as a community tamer for Jäger & Sammler (funk) and local newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung.