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 […]
Jane Elizabeth (Page 5)
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]