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The Future of Fact-Checking: Moving ahead in political accountability journalism

Overview These should be heady days for fact-checkers. In an industry that has not otherwise been enjoying robust growth, the number of media outlets focused on fact-checking and political accountability reporting has grown rapidly. Bolstered by new partnerships and technology, demonstrably more fact-checking took place during the 2016 election than in previous elections. Media organizations […]

Challenges from an “alternative facts” era

Politicians have lied throughout history, but today’s political climate presents particular challenges to fact-checkers — and that was the concern of journalists and others gathered at our summit earlier this year. Throughout the 2016 election cycle and into the new White House administration, some politicians’ habit of making “demonstrably false claims” has kept fact-checkers exceptionally […]

How fact-checkers will respond to new challenges: Some solutions

Although much of the summit discussion centered on challenges facing fact-checkers during the 2016 election and aftermath, people remained optimistic that the enterprise as a whole could meet those challenges. The fact that the summit itself was taking place and that fact-checkers are willing, in a sense, to fact check themselves is “tremendously admirable,” Kahan […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: What about the children?

A silver lining in the big, dark storm cloud of “fake news” and misinformation: The recognition that students often lack skepticism and truth-seeking skills. Just this week, we’ve heard about a fifth-grade teacher determined to teach his class how to fact-check;  the “Fake News Finders” that keeps kids after school to talk about misinformation; a Maine library that’s holding a […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Facts deserve a holiday

On April 2 — not coincidentally the day after April Fool’s Day — we’ll celebrate the inaugural International Fact-Checking Day. The initiative is a collaboration by fact-checkers and journalism organizations from around the world, with a goal to enlist the public in the fight against misinformation. Check out the promo video featuring some of the world’s fact-checkers, and […]

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 […]

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