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Fact-checking and accountability journalism project (Page 8)

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: What’s your impact?

Fact-checkers are justifiably proud of the instances where public figures react to a fact-check by retracting an incorrect claim. But can we go beyond anecdotes and attempt to quantify fact-checking’s impact? Here are six possible metrics, and fact-checkers’ reactions to them: Join the conversation on Quote of the week “…when our elected officials and our political […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Are Twitter ‘facts’ making us dumb?

The popular Twitter accounts @UberFacts and @OMGFacts show 13.3 million and nearly 7 million followers, respectively. Yet by encouraging a vision of “facts” as trivial soundbites and not a part of a richer context, these accounts dumb down our understanding of reality. Read the full article on Poynter. Fact-checking in the U.S. Quote of the week “Through […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: When it’s facts vs. fear, who wins?

In fewer than 100 days, voters in the U.K. will decide whether their country should leave the EU. The campaign is already heated: The Sun enlisted the Queen for Brexit (to her dismay); David Cameron, accused of fearmongering, retorted that he supports “Project Fact”. The Remain and Leave campaigns say facts are on their side, […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Debate fact-checking still elusive

The latest news in fact-checking and accountability journalism. Nineteen (!) debates into this primary season, we have yet to see a truly effective effort by the hosting networks to fact-check the candidates live on air. Live fact-checking by Univision’s Detector de Mentiras, which officially began during Wednesday night’s debate, was planned but didn’t quite work out. The […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: 5 tips for reporting on health

The latest news in fact-checking and accountability journalism. Health News Review publishes (sometimes scathing) reviews on press releases and news stories about developments in the health sector. While their work goes beyond fact-checking, it has lots of lessons for fact-checkers. Check whether the study was conducted on humans or mice and ignore the press release are […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: 7 things to consider

The latest news in fact-checking and accountability journalism. Are you an aspiring fact-checker? Here’s what to consider before you jump in: Learn how misperceptions spread before you get into the business of debunking them; develop a clear and transparent methodology; build a great team of curious generalists with their hearts in the right place. Read the […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: 50 percent increase in fact-checking around the world

The latest news from fact-checking and accountability journalism from Jane Elizabeth at the American Press Institute and Alexios Mantzarlis of the Poynter Institute. The results of the new Duke Reporters’ Lab census show a 50 percent increase in the number of fact-checking operations around the world since 2015, with 96 active operations in 37 countries. (And the Pittsburgh […]

The Week in Fact-Checking

Welcome to the first joint fact-checking blog post from Poynter and the American Press Institute, just in time to fact-check yet another U.S. presidential debate. Thursday’s event in Milwaukee was the 14th debate this election season, and that’s a lot of fact-checking. So journalists around the world are trying new platforms to keep audiences interested. Snapchat, GIFs and short videos are being […]

Introducing the newly expanded ‘Week in Fact-Checking’ newsletter

The American Press Institute’s “Week in Fact-Checking” newsletter has merged with the Poynter Institute’s weekly newsletter from the International Fact-Checking Network, as of February 2016. Together, the IFCN and API newsletters bring you the most interesting, useful, thought-provoking and occasionally baffling news from the entire world of accountability and fact-checking journalism. For new subscriptions, sign up here. (If you’ve […]

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