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The Week in Fact-Checking: Welcome the Potted-Plant-o-Meter

In the sea of commentary over who won the U.S. presidential debate on Monday, it’s almost hard to remember that one question dominated pre-debate commentary: Will the moderator fact-check the candidates? The debates chief said he probably shouldn’t; a majority of Americans thought he should. And you can guess where we stood on the matter. In […]

Finally, fact-checking is the new black

It’s been seven years since PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize. Thirteen years since FactCheck.org launched. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker published its first fact-check in 2007. But it’s taken the 2016 election, and decades of political lies, to move fact-checking into the household-word neighborhood. As manager of the American Press Institute’s accountability and fact-checking program, and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Facts actually are good for you

While the United States is in the midst of a fact-light election featuring two of the most mistrusted candidates in history, there’s a bit of hope. A new study indicates that people can learn what’s true and what’s false after reading fact checks of political claims. Quote of the week “…media people have to do something to regain […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: We have principles

Thirty-five fact-checking organizations from 27 countries have signed a new code of principles that emphasizes the importance of transparency and a non-partisan approach. Read the announcement and the code of principles. Quote of the week “If journalists aren’t interested in being part of the truth squad, they should find another sport.” —  Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan […]

The debate about the debate: Should moderators be fact-checkers?

Who wants to be a debate moderator? via GIPHY No doubt fewer people would volunteer for that role this week after witnessing the avalanche of criticism and unsolicited advice following the acknowledged poor performance by moderator Matt Lauer at a Clinton-Trump matchup. And it’s all about the fact-checking (aka “truth-squadding“) or lack thereof. The anti-faxxers vs. the fact-checking fans. To be […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Lessons from failure

It’s easy to get excited about the future of automated fact-checking, but with the field still in its early days several projects are neither practically nor commercially viable. Two much-hyped projects of recent years, “Truth Goggles” and the Washington Post’s “Truth Teller” both failed to meet expectations. Yet they provide valuable lessons. Quote of the […]

Going to ONA? Come visit API’s booth in the Midway!

If you’re heading to the Online News Association annual conference Sept. 15-17 in Denver, stop by the American Press Institute’s booth in the conference midway at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. From 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15,  we’ll be giving away free flash drives pre-loaded with plenty of teaching resources […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Does Facebook need fact-checkers?

Media criticism of Facebook is pouring in after a lack of editorial oversight on Monday led to a fake story being featured in the trending topics list. Facebook had gotten rid of editors for that section, but should it hire fact-checkers instead? And if so, what would they do? Here are three proposals. Quote of the […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Do you hear an echo?

Media watchers have long theorized that partisan “echo chambers” are damaging to the public’s understanding of facts. They may be onto something — the more partisan your media, the more likely you are to believe wrong information, according to a new study. Read about it on Poynter. Quote of the week “We don’t pretend to be, nor do […]

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