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API’s fact-checking project awarded grants from Hewlett, Rita Allen foundations

The American Press Institute has received grants totaling $200,000 for additional support of API’s political fact-checking and accountability journalism program.

FCP logoThe program began in early 2014 with a grant of up to $400,000 over two years from the Democracy Fund. The new funding includes $100,000 from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and $100,000 from the Rita Allen Foundation.

The funds support research to improve political fact checking, working with news outlets to increase fact-checking practices, and contributions to public debates on the topic.

This year, API has conducted hands-on studio workshops for journalists, educators, students and the public at eight locations around the country; and has presented informational sessions at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition, six experienced scholars from the U.S. and U.K. are conducting research on the impact of fact checking, effectiveness of various forms of fact checking, and other accountability-related topics.

In 2015, API will conduct additional outreach and training, and will develop more resources aimed at supporting news organizations’ fact-checking efforts on the eve of the 2016 election cycle.

Founded in 1946, The American Press Institute conducts research, training, convenes thought leaders and creates tools to help chart a path ahead for journalism in the 21st century. The Press Institute is an educational non-advocacy 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the Newspaper Association of America. It aims to help the news media, especially local publishers and newspaper media, advance in the digital age.

For more information about the fact-checking program contact Jane Elizabeth, senior research project manager, jane.elizabeth@pressinstitute.org. You can also sign up for API’s weekly newsletter on fact-checking, truth-telling and accountability.

About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helps people build measurably better lives. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, as well as grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found in its online grants database.

About the Rita Allen Foundation

The Rita Allen Foundation invests in ideas in their earliest stages, promoting breakthrough solutions to significant problems in science and society. Established in 1953, it has provided major grants to more than 100 biomedical scholars, many of whom have made important advances with their research. Since 2009, the Foundation’s resources and areas of investment have expanded. It now uses strategic philanthropy to promote civic literacy and engagement as well as support young leaders in the sciences and social innovation.

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