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Fact-checking and accountability journalism project (Page 9)

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: 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 […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Tips for holding a fact-checking event

Holding a session on fact-checking — for journalists, universities or community members — can be a great way to share your knowledge, gain exposure or raise revenue for your organization. Want to try it? The American Press Institute sponsored three fact-checking “boot camps” earlier this year, and has compiled tips and materials from each to […]

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 […]

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