In the sea of commentary over who won the U.S. presidential debate on Monday, it’s almost hard to remember that one question dominated pre-debate commentary: Will the moderator fact-check the candidates? The debates chief said he probably shouldn’t; a majority of Americans thought he should. And you can guess where we stood on the matter. In […]
Jane Elizabeth (Page 9)
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’s been seven years since PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize. Thirteen years since FactCheck.org launched. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker published its first fact-check in 2007. But it’s taken the 2016 election, and decades of political lies, to move fact-checking into the household-word neighborhood. As manager of the American Press Institute’s accountability and fact-checking program, and […]
While the United States is in the midst of a fact-light election featuring two of the most mistrusted candidates in history, there’s a bit of hope. A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims. Quote of the week “…media people have to do something to regain […]
In one of the most fact-free elections in history that features two of the most mistrusted candidates in history, there may be a bit of hope. A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims. And, perhaps more surprisingly, they even learn from fact-checks that run […]
Thirty-five fact-checking organizations from 27 countries have signed a new code of principles that emphasizes the importance of transparency and a non-partisan approach. Read the announcement and the code of principles. Quote of the week “If journalists aren’t interested in being part of the truth squad, they should find another sport.” — Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan […]
Who wants to be a debate moderator? via GIPHY No doubt fewer people would volunteer for that role this week after witnessing the avalanche of criticism and unsolicited advice following the acknowledged poor performance by moderator Matt Lauer at a Clinton-Trump matchup. And it’s all about the fact-checking (aka “truth-squadding“) or lack thereof. The anti-faxxers vs. the fact-checking fans. To be […]
It’s easy to get excited about the future of automated fact-checking, but with the field still in its early days several projects are neither practically nor commercially viable. Two much-hyped projects of recent years, “Truth Goggles” and the Washington Post’s “Truth Teller” both failed to meet expectations. Yet they provide valuable lessons. Quote of the […]
Media criticism of Facebook is pouring in after a lack of editorial oversight on Monday led to a fake story being featured in the trending topics list. Facebook had gotten rid of editors for that section, but should it hire fact-checkers instead? And if so, what would they do? Here are three proposals. Quote of the […]
Media watchers have long theorized that partisan “echo chambers” are damaging to the public’s understanding of facts. They may be onto something — the more partisan your media, the more likely you are to believe wrong information, according to a new study. Read about it on Poynter. Quote of the week “We don’t pretend to be, nor do […]
Political reporters are showing that — at least in the context of the 2016 U.S. presidential election — fact-checking isn’t just for fact-checkers. But more remains to be done. “Noting the accuracy of a political claim should be as standard as including someone’s hometown or party affiliation,” Bill Adair says in a column for Poynter. […]