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-checking journalism project
The American Press Institute is leading a project to increase and improve the practice of fact-checking in journalism.
The grant-funded project will support research to improve political fact-checking. We also will work with news outlets to significantly increase the adoption of fact-checking practices as well as contribute to public debates on the topic.
You can follow the work of the project here, including our Fact-Checking Resource Page. Sign up for the weekly newsletter at bitly.com/factnews. For more information or to be involved, contact Senior Research Project Manager Jane Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 […]
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 Weather Channel and its meteorologists have a message for Breitbart News, and they got right to the point in the headline on their recent article: “Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans.” Quote of the week “Part of the reason fake news is so easy to […]
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 […]