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The Week in Fact-Checking: You’re invited to a fact-checking party

Four U.S. news organizations are asking their audiences to help them report and fact-check what Congress is saying about the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what ProPublica, Kaiser Health News, State and Vox are doing. Quote of the week “No one should be faced with the choice between blind faith and blind cynicism.” — The fact-checkers at Full […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: A field guide to fake news

What does it take to fight misinformation? Technologists, anthropologists, journalists and researchers — and you. The Public Data Lab and the First Draft Coalition are putting together a “field guide” to investigate every aspect of fake news and are asking for input. The project officially launches next month at the International Journalism Festival. Quote of the week “Truth is no […]

On ‘A Day Without a Woman,’ women’s news sites are going on strike too

You might have heard: After the success of the Women’s March on Washington in January (Vogue), the march’s organizers planned A Day Without a Woman, “a day of action to spotlight the economic power and value of women and their contributions to society in paid and unpaid labor” (USA Today) But did you know: While some […]

The White House is upping the pace of news, testing journalists and news organizations

“This pace of covering this new president is unsustainable for the long haul,” says White House correspondent and American Urban Radio Networks’ Washington bureau chief April D. Ryan. Journalists are finding themselves covering stories late into the night and on weekends that aren’t supposed to be filled with news, Erik Wemple writes. Politico and NYT […]

Trump met with ‘regional press affiliates’ in an off-the-record dinner on Monday night

You might have heard: Trump held off-the-record meetings with network executives in November, as well as an on-the-record meeting with the NYT But did you know: President Trump met with “regional press affiliates,” including reporters from E.W. Scripps Company, in a private off-the-record dinner on Monday night. “The meeting is comparable to the off-the-record lunch […]

News organizations being blocked from press briefings is reminiscent of 2009 under Obama

You might have heard: Reporters from news outlets including NYT, CNN, BuzzFeed, Politico and Los Angeles Times were shut out of a press briefing on Friday (New York Times), while organizations like Breitbart News and One America News Network were allowed in (CNN Media) But did you know: After a number of news outlets were […]

Brazil’s version of Politico: Poder360 covers the Brazilian government, supported by paid newsletters

A Brazilian news outlet is finding success with a business model similar to Politico’s. Poder360 (which translates to “Power360” in English) is focused on the “ins and outs of Brazilian government,” and entirely supported by its paid newsletters targeted to corporate subscribers. Poder360’s paid newsletter subscribers receive three newsletters a day — at 6 a.m., […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: 24 hours in the life of some fact-checking rock stars

You know that time you stumbled upon a missile launcher on your way to work? Okay, maybe that didn’t happen and never will, but please read how some serious fact-checkers investigated such a situation. It’s like CSI, MacGyver and Sherlock Holmes all rolled into one excellent package. Quote of the week “Soon, fact-checking will not only […]

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