What would the world look like if no one fact-checked? Swedish hoax-busters Viralgranskaren looked at how a fake story spreads in two alternate realities, one where readers fact-check and one where they don’t. Quote of the week “You can’t blame all this on the big, bad media. The news media reflects society and its citizens […]
Jane Elizabeth (Page 8)
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.
Fact-checkers from around the world have written to the CEO of Facebook, offering their support in the battle against fake news. It begins: “Dear Mark Zuckerberg: “Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: ‘Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.’ We agree. It also […]
Media self-loathing is flooding the internet. Finger-wagging critiques have been directed at many segments of the industry. Poll-aggregators failed to properly represent the uncertainty of the result. Cable news flooded the airwaves with uncritical and senseless Trump coverage. Pundits didn’t bother to dig beyond the smart take on their Twitter feed. But what does this campaign mean […]
Tuesday is Election Day, so you can expect two things to rain down on you in buckets: People reminding you to vote on Tuesday, and people sharing misleading memes and fake news stories about “rigged elections.” So what can you do? Besides reporting every fake news story you see on Facebook and every scam on Twitter, […]
Consider an Election Day where fact-checking political memes and calling out fakery on social media is just as ubiquitous as those “I Voted” stickers. We’ve collected some of the best fact-checks about vote-rigging and ballot-stuffing for you here. Quote of the week “While it is important to get the facts straight, focusing on the truth content of […]
What’s the dumbest mistake you’ve made on social media? Brooke Borel once retweeted a photo of what she thought was a baby polar bear – and it turned out to be fake. But here’s the worst part: Borel is a science journalist, and at the time of the fateful RT she was busy trying to sell her new book, […]
The U.S. presidential campaign has been so full of spin that fact-checkers at Univision flew in reinforcements. For the final debate, 25 journalists from 11 countries gathered at the Miami offices of the Spanish-language network. (On the night itself, most of the activity was on Twitter and video, the joint content on immigration is expected […]
Wednesday marks the final debate of the 2016 election season, and millions of people around the world will be watching it with a second screen in front of them. A word of warning before you retweet, like, share, believe, or make voting decisions based on someone’s Facebook or Twitter pronouncements: Things are untrue on social media. So […]
Wikipedia is a treasure trove of the information age, albeit one with a generous sprinkling of counterfeit loot. Fact-checkers are increasingly cooperating with the Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia) on “edit-a-thons” to make the online encyclopedia stronger. Check out how Lupa did it in Brazil. Quote of the week “We have a particular challenge in American […]
The team behind Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado is always looking for ways to broaden their audience. This summer, they tried GIFs. “We wanted to expand our readership from the circle who read us already,” says Executive Director Laura Zommer. Find out what they learned from the pilot project. Quote of the week “To be clear, I support […]