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Fact-checking and accountability journalism project (Page 7)

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, including our 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, senior manager for the program, at jane.elizabeth@pressinstitute.org.

The Week in Fact-Checking: What evidence do you have?

There’s one thing that FactCheck.org consistently asks the subjects of its fact checks: What evidence do you have? It’s the simplest of questions, so it’s rather confounding that some candidates don’t have an answer. Read more on FactCheck.org.  Quote of the week “Fact-checking needs to be there to stop the little lies before they become big […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Did non-facts overpower Brexit vote?

“…there are signs of people willing to make bold claims with no basis in fact, and to stick to them when challenged,” say Phoebe Arnold and Will Moy of Full Fact, the fact-checking organization based in London.  Full Fact has had its work cut out in the past couple of months: The intense campaign building […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Fables

Quote of the week “If facts matter, they have to be bruited loud in a way that compels attention and settles the argument: which means on television as well as the web.” — Peter Preston, columnist for The Guardian and the Observer Global Fact 3 brings practical proposals The fact-checking movement is all grown up. With […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Learn

Global fact-checkers meet in Buenos Aires More than 100 fact-checkers and academics from 41 countries are meeting in Buenos Aires on June 9 and 10 for the third global fact-checking summit. The global growth has been impressive — but the movement has many challenges. Read about the state of fact-checking worldwide on Poynter.org and follow […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Boom

Quote of the week “The referees are there. But no one is listening to them.” — CBS journalist John Dickerson on political fact-checking. Can television get in on the fact-checking boom? The global growth in fact-checking has been driven by a boom in digital initiatives. Yet even in the age of Snapchat and Facebook Live, television matters […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Offbeat

  Quote of the week “If you already believe that immigrants are stealing your jobs and your money, you are more likely to nod when Donald Trump says the same thing, even if his face is obscured by the cloud of smoke coming from his flaming pants.” — Elizabeth Renzetti of the Globe and Mail, […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Reach

More than ever, journalists are furiously fact-checking politicians and government officials. So why are some still lying and why do some people still believe the lies? Maybe those fact-checks aren’t reaching the right audiences. We’ve got some thoughts on infiltrating those groups, and we’d like to hear yours. Tweet us at #FactCheckAPI. Quote of the week “All the hate […]

5 ways to reach the right people with your fact-checking

If a fact-check falls into a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Apologies for the old trope, but it does capture the way fact-checkers sometimes approach their work. Today, we know there’s more fact-checking than ever, with  reporters producing deeply researched, high-quality examinations of politicians and government […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to correct a lying politician on air

CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter called on journalists to provide “forceful rebuttals” on air to conspiracy theories espoused by Donald Trump. The reality, though, is that how TV hosts check facts on air is as important to changing a politician’s behavior and a viewer’s mind as whether they fact-check at all. Here are three […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Breaking the cycle of fakery on Facebook

Can fact-checkers stop the fakery that echoes through Facebook feeds? Facebook has tried — with, as you’ve probably noticed, not much success — to control the rampant rumors, memes and non-facts. Fact-checkers have some ideas, too, but those ideas likely won’t work unless Facebook users actually care whether their feeds are full of fakes. Quote of […]

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