There’s an International Day of Yoga and a National Grammar Day, so why not an International Fact-Checking Day? The IFCN is promoting a series of activities for April 2. Find out more here. ABC Fact Check is back Last year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shut down its Fact Check unit after the government halted funding. Before […]
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.
A year ago, Poynter and the American Press Institute combined their respective fact-checking/accountability newsletters to create this newsletter. We want to know how we can improve this year, and we hope you’ll take a moment to answer this quick survey. Thanks for your support. Quote of the week “This problem has nothing to do with freedom […]
Is it possible that purveyors of misinformation are just a bunch of bogeymen? Yet another study, published this week in Columbia Journalism Review, questions whether the “fake news industry” and its audiences are all that powerful. Powerful enough, for instance, to impact a presidential election. The Northwestern study, which examines fake sites as well as hyperpartisan […]
When President Trump’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd that the White House press secretary had presented “alternative facts,” she probably didn’t suspect her formulation would fill headlines around the world (and apparently help sales of “1984”). Beyond guffawing at unfortunate formulations, however, interviewers should come better prepared to hit back at falsehoods with facts. Quote of […]
A project conducted by students from the Cologne School of Journalism got into legal trouble for assigning truth rankings to the politicians they fact-checked. The right-wing AfD party pounced on methodological flaws to persuade a court to order the project organizers to retract or correct their work. The legal issues faced by “Faktenzoom” put into sharp focus […]
Fact-checkers had a big year in 2016; will 2017 prove as eventful? Our guess is that fact-checking will retrench slightly in the U.S. but grow in other large democracies like Australia, Germany and India. Fact-checkers also might also learn a few things from scientists — like how to be more transparent. Read all the 2017 […]
There was a surprising amount of fact-checking news during the holiday break. Assuming that you actually were taking a break (as we did) we’ve collected some items you might have missed, along with some news from this week. First: It’s just not a new year until you can wrap up the old year with a […]
It’s just not a new year until you can wrap up the old year with a list. Or several lists. So here’s our list of just some of the fact-checking lists that summarize the highlights and challenges of 2016. The year’s biggest noses. The Washington Post Fact Checker’s list of 10 most popular fact […]
Was 2016 fact-checking’s finest year? Or was it the year of “post-truth” where fact-checking was simply a fool’s errand? The discussion about facts in journalism worldwide has rarely been as fractured and debated as it has been in 2016. Poynter has collected 366 links to try and make sense of what just happened. Want articles on the state […]
Effective accountability journalists exhibit broad curiosity and eagerly adapt to new technologies and platforms
The high-impact accountability reporters we studied consider themselves — and are seen by others — as “early adopters.” Their high level of curiosity propels them to adapt to new platforms, audiences, technology and content with unusual willingness and a sense of necessity and practicality. “Mutate or die,” is how Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News political writer […]