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The Week in Fact-Checking: Research on writing a better fact check

The number of fact-checking stories produced by journalists has increased dramatically over the last decade, but only recently have we truly explored how those stories could be better at attacking misinformation. Leslie Caughell, a political science professor at Virginia Wesleyan University, discusses what reporters might do (or not do) to make their fact-checks more effective.

Quote of the week
“One of the powers of Twitter is how quickly journalists, the media, influencers – whoever might be best placed – can actually correct errors and spread true information to counteract misinformation. In some ways the best approach to misinformation is more information and an open dialogue coupled with policy that obviously takes down misinformation.” — Oliver Snoddy, Twitter

IFCN gets major funding boost
Thanks to $1.3 million in grant funding from the Omidyar Network and the Open Society Foundations, the International Fact-Checking Network can now expand its efforts. Many new initiatives and two new job positions are in the works.

More Google love for fact-checking
Google (finally) redesigned its news. Among the changes to the layout is a new dedicated box for fact-checking articles.

Sniffing out falsehoods
Here’s Pico, keeping morale high at Full Fact’s offices on #BringYourDogToWorkDay.

Fake news in Kenya’s election
Quartz has an in-depth look at how fake news is polluting the information ecosystem in Kenya ahead of elections in the East African country later this summer.

More co-opting
Fact-checkers at Libération Désintox are understandably peeved that their brand is being used by Macron supporters to spread false information. Earlier this year, “Décodeurs” had been co-opted by the European Commission for a fact-checking blog. (Le Monde has a unit with that name.)

TIME for a fake cover tutorial
Donald Trump has a fake TIME cover framed in several of his golf clubs, The Washington Post reported this week. The copy was a pretty cheap job but but here’s the creative director of TIME with a guide on how to spot the real stuff.

We have been warned 
An audio recording of something that never happened. A video of a bird that doesn’t exist. Machine-learning artists and scientists say the capability to fake audio and video is on the horizon — but the news isn’t all bad.

Librarians to the rescue 
It was standing room only for the “Helping library users navigate fake news” session at the American Library Association’s annual conference this week.

Five years for fakery?
When living with your own “witlessness” isn’t punishment enough for sharing fake news, this legislator has a plan that could get you thrown in jail.

The dangers of dark jokes
“Something weird happened on the wonk internet last week.” Slate looks into the imposter tweets that appeared to come from Vox staffers and finds a very long trail.

Enough with the high-quality information
Using mathematical modeling, researchers have found that information overload can lead people to choose low-quality information, increasing the chances that misinformation will go viral.

10 quick fact-checking links 
(1) Interested in a fact-checking job in France? (2) Fact-checking-as-a-service is going to be a thing, they say.  (3) The teens of Veles are feeling the heat. (4) A guide to help teenagers find their way around statistics — by Chequeado, for UNICEF. (5 ) ICYMI: The day fact-checking took a vacation. Sad. (6) When fake news hits home: The Cracker Barrel that will never be. (7) Who’s got the worst fake news problem? Science and health. (8) This tale about puppy dogs may be one of the most unusual political fact checks ever. (9) Digital disruption is making it really difficult to tell fact from fiction in the Petri dish of fake news. (10) The alt-weekly Cleveland Scene fact-checks a man who roams the city making strange claims while wearing a medieval costume.

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