Julien Pain was tired of preaching to the choir. After several years spent debunking viral fakes for France 24’s Les Observateurs, he was on the lookout for a format that would expand the reach of his fact-checking. “I realized I was only reaching people who agreed with me,” he said. Since September, he’s been taking […]
Senior Manager, Accountability Journalism Program
Jane leads the American Press Institute's project to improve and expand accountability journalism. She is the Washington Post's former deputy local editor; and has taught journalism at Old Dominion University, the University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University.
Jane's work at five metropolitan U.S. newspapers has focused largely on politics, regional news and education. She was a reporter and editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; launched and directed PostLocal.com at the Washington Post as deputy local editor; and, as senior editor, created and managed The Virginian-Pilot's first digital news team.
She holds a master's degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a 2017 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
It was an eventful week for fact-checking and the big tech platforms. To recap: On Thursday, Google announced it would be highlighting fact checks in search results. (Sloppy coverage ensued.) The next day, Facebook launched a public service announcement in 14 countries asking readers to be wary of what it now calls “false news.” (Full […]
Do those post-debate discussions on cable news programs make any difference in how their audience views presidential candidates? Do reporters frame their police-shooting stories differently, depending on whether the suspect is black or white? Can fact-checking persuade people to change their minds about candidates? Those are some of the topics that media and political science […]
Where does fact-checking go from here? A group of experts in information and research — both journalists and non-journalists — spent a day working with the American Press Institute, Poynter Institute, and Duke University’s Reporters’ Lab. In short, they recommended a transformation that includes more visibility and strategies for growth. Related: A call to rethink fact-checking […]
A silver lining in the big, dark storm cloud of “fake news” and misinformation: The recognition that students often lack skepticism and truth-seeking skills. Just this week, we’ve heard about a fifth-grade teacher determined to teach his class how to fact-check; the “Fake News Finders” that keeps kids after school to talk about misinformation; a Maine library that’s holding a […]
On April 2 — not coincidentally the day after April Fool’s Day — we’ll celebrate the inaugural International Fact-Checking Day. The initiative is a collaboration by fact-checkers and journalism organizations from around the world, with a goal to enlist the public in the fight against misinformation. Check out the promo video featuring some of the world’s fact-checkers, and […]
Four U.S. news organizations are asking their audiences to help them report and fact-check what Congress is saying about the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what ProPublica, Kaiser Health News, State and Vox are doing. Quote of the week “No one should be faced with the choice between blind faith and blind cynicism.” — The fact-checkers at Full […]
What does it take to fight misinformation? Technologists, anthropologists, journalists and researchers — and you. The Public Data Lab and the First Draft Coalition are putting together a “field guide” to investigate every aspect of fake news and are asking for input. The project officially launches next month at the International Journalism Festival. Quote of the week “Truth is no […]
In readers’ eyes, is there a difference between “fake” news and wrong news? The credibility of traditional media outlets seems to hinge in large part on the answer to this question. On Poynter, the story of two big media corrections separated by six years and the fake news panic. Quote of the week “The truth […]
You know that time you stumbled upon a missile launcher on your way to work? Okay, maybe that didn’t happen and never will, but please read how some serious fact-checkers investigated such a situation. It’s like CSI, MacGyver and Sherlock Holmes all rolled into one excellent package. Quote of the week “Soon, fact-checking will not only […]