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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

The Week in Fact-Checking: Wikipedia “edit-a-thon”

Wikipedia is a treasure trove of the information age, albeit one with a generous sprinkling of counterfeit loot. Fact-checkers are increasingly cooperating with the Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia) on “edit-a-thons” to make the online encyclopedia stronger. Check out how Lupa did it in Brazil. Quote of the week “We have a particular challenge in American […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The gift of GIFs

The team behind Argentinian fact-checking website Chequeado is always looking for ways to broaden their audience. This summer, they tried GIFs. “We wanted to expand our readership from the circle who read us already,” says Executive Director Laura Zommer. Find out what they learned from the pilot project. Quote of the week “To be clear, I support […]

API to hold political accountability journalism workshop at Longwood

The American Press Institute, in conjunction with Longwood University, will hold a workshop on political accountability and fact-checking journalism on Monday, Oct. 17, from 6-8 p.m. on the Longwood campus in Farmville, Va. Students, journalists and writers from the Farmville region are invited to attend. The event is free, funded through API’s accountability journalism program grant […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Welcome the Potted-Plant-o-Meter

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 […]

Finally, fact-checking is the new black

It’s been seven years since PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize. Thirteen years since 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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Facts actually are good for you

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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: We have principles

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 […]

The debate about the debate: Should moderators be fact-checkers?

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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Lessons from failure

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 […]

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