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Jane Elizabeth (Page 9)

Director, 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.

The Week in Fact-Checking: Let’s talk less about Facebook and more about what journalism can do to fight fake news

In the weeks since the “what-just-happened-here” U.S. presidential election, columnists, opinion writers and reporters have: (1) blamed Facebook (2) blamed themselves (3) lectured readers (4) chastised teachers and (5) created fake-news tip sheets and other such things. Self-assessment, anyone? Here are some steps for journalism to take now.  Quote of the week “Refuse to accept information simply because […]

Tired of talking about Facebook? Here’s what journalism needs to do to fight misinformation and fake news

Way back in the spring of 2015  — long before false accusations of massive voter fraud and pizza-shop sex rings and before the Facebook fake-news beatdown — about 10,000 people were asked this question in a survey from the American Press Institute: “What do you think are the biggest challenges facing journalism in general today?” The […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to fit facts into a headline

Is everything @realDonaldTrump tweets “news?” The more important question is not whether to report on Trump’s tweets, but how. Many early headlines failed to indicate that Trump’s assertion was not corroborated by the facts. Here are five tips for conscientious headline writers. Quote of the week “No matter how Trump feels about the media, the […]

Fact-checking and accountability reporting in 2017: What the American Press Institute is doing, and an invitation to join us

The 2016 presidential election has been marked by several head-spinning “firsts” — people and practices not seen in the history of U.S. politics. One of those is the surge of accountability reporting by journalists, particularly political fact-checking. Never before has fact-checking been such a player in U.S. presidential elections. At news organizations from NPR to […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Imagine a world without it

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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: An open letter to Facebook

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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Post-election beatdown

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 […]

Your civic-duty checklist today: Vote, and share a fact check

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, […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Election Edition

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 […]

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