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Fact-checking and accountability journalism project

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

FCP_blackThe grant-funded project supports research to improve political fact-checking, and works with news organizations to significantly increase and improve accountability journalism practices as well as contribute to public debates on the topic.

You can follow the work of the project here, and get top advice from experts on our Better News fact-checking resource page. Sign up for the weekly newsletter or enroll in our free online course. For more information or to be involved, contact Jane Elizabeth, director of the program, at jane.elizabeth@pressinstitute.org.

The Week in Fact-Checking: Zika rumors and other reasons ‘fake news’ is bad for your health

When it comes to Zika, rumors could fare better than real news on social media —making disease prevention efforts more difficult. That’s according to a study from Alexios and four other researchers, which looks at the engagement of verified stories vs. popular rumors about the virus. Drawing upon audience statistics from BuzzSumo, the authors found that hoaxes […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Fake ‘royal’ expert, fake news in court, Harry Potter the fact-checker

First up this week: Let’s take a look at the fun side of fact-checking. Daniel Radcliffe, the original “Harry Potter,” will star in the Broadway production of the 2012 book “The Lifespan of a Fact.” PolitiFact re-upped its fact check of Jake Tapper and Ben Shapiro’s comic book beef on Twitter. John Oliver fact-checks the meaning of “guardianship” with […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Authoritarians, ‘morons’ and ‘household surveys’

Fact-checking is always hard. In some countries, though, it’s potentially dangerous: Journalists not only risk losing their right to publish, they may risk imprisonment. So how are fact-checkers covering politics in authoritarian countries? Writing for Poynter, Daniel Funke examines veteran projects in Iran, Turkey and Zimbabwe – and the prospects for fact-checking in even more […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Under attack, a Trump deepfake and Murphy Brown

Facebook’s fact-checking tool was rolled out in Brazil last week in partnership with Aos Fatos and Agência Lupa. A flood of accusations of “censorship” and “extreme-left bias” followed. More worrying still were personal attacks and heavy insults levelled against fact-checkers on social media. As the IFCN’s Alexios Mantzarlis wrote for Folha on Friday, in Brazil, polarization seems to be […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The criminalization of misinformation

While actions against the publication of fake news have proceed cautiously in the U.S. — blame the First Amendment — things are moving right along in many parts of the world.  Malaysia’s newly elected prime minister is leaning towards keeping a controversial anti-fake news law that passed in early April. The Committee to Protect Journalists asked the Kenyan president not to […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The real researchers behind fake news

Over the past year, interest in misinformation research has ballooned. In order to highlight some of the people working behind the scenes, Poynter’s Daniel Funke profiled just a few of the researchers whose work has changed Facebook’s fact-checking program, been cited in countless pieces on fake news and is developing solutions for debunking deepfake videos. The article […]

Journalists can change the way they build stories to create organic news fluency

When journalists talk about how they wish the public could recognize good reporting from bad reporting or even fakery, the subject often turns to whether the audience has the right skills. The discussion usually falls under the heading of “news literacy,” a body of work that typically involves a curriculum supervised by schools, heavily oriented […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The Facebook saga, jailed for fake news, and a new mission for a Tea Partier

Mark Zuckerberg is out of Congressional hearings — but it was still a busy week for the Facebook CEO. This Wired writer is not impressed by Facebook’s testimony before British MPs. But Zuckerberg has another chance — he’s been summoned. “Fake news” warningsshrink the content on your News Feed. Here’s a look at Facebook’s new “something happened” ad campaign. At F8, the platform’s […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: WeChat, Van Morrison and green moons

The problem with WeChat The influence of misinformation among Chinese-speaking immigrants in the United States offers important clues for how fake news is constructed and distributed, according to a new paper published by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Chi Zhang found that, while many popular web hoaxes in the U.S. deal with jobs, the economy and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Facebook is helping more fact-checkers in more places, but is it enough?

In the past month, Facebook has doubled the number of countries using its fact-checking tool. The program, arguably Facebook’s most visible effort to combat fake news on the platform, is now active in India, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines and Colombia. Previously, it was only available to fact-checkers in the United States and four European countries. While fact-checkers […]

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