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Fact-checking journalism project

The American Press Institute is leading a project to increase and improve the practice of fact-checking in journalism.

FCP_blackThe 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 jane.elizabeth@pressinstitute.org.

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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Can you pass the polar bear test?

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 Week in Fact-Checking: Calling in reinforcements

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 […]

Before tweeting and posting about the presidential debate, check out these tips

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 […]

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