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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: Convention chaos

Political conventions typically are full of statements that send hoards of people rushing to Google. Did slaves really build the White House? And were they Irish? Is there actually a law that says funerals must be held for aborted fetuses? Did Donald Trump really  “cash in” on the 9-11 attacks? And does he love dictators? Fact-checkers will […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Is this really the end of truth?

If you’re following media coverage of the U.S. presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum, you can’t have missed headlines announcing the end of truth. Apparently 2016 is the year when facts, unloved and marginalized, have finally been banished from the political sphere. Is the media overreacting? Read more on Poynter. Quote of the week “As journalists […]

Zombie facts and the political conventions: Don’t let the untruths invade your brains

The 2016 political conventions will be the most fact-checked in history. Journalists will work nearly around the clock to examine, research, write and rate claims made by GOP candidate Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and their staffers, supporters and surrogates. Sadly, technology still hasn’t caught up to the avalanche of misstatements and fabrications uttered by […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: That article you’re writing might fail you

A journalist who covered the Brexit referendum is convinced that the traditional journalism story structure is no longer helpful in fact-checking and explaining complicated issues to readers. “Articles suck,” says Jeremy Evans, who suggests some alternatives and shares other lessons that fact-checking Brexit has taught him. Quote of the week “Part of the problem, of course, […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: The fact is, fact-checking can be better

In this newsletter, we like to highlight the best fact checks we’ve seen around the world. Frankly, we’d like to honor more of this work. But the bar is high. Do your fact checks — or the ones you read — have all the right ingredients? We offer nine steps to improvement. Read our recs on the […]

The fact is, fact-checking can be better

In our newsletter, “The Week in Fact-Checking,” we like to highlight the best fact checks we’ve seen around the world. Frankly, we’d like to honor more of this work. But the bar is high. By its nature, fact-checking is held to a greater standard. There’s less sympathy for error and terrifically high importance placed on […]

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

There’s one thing that 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  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 and follow […]

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