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Tired of talking about Facebook? Here’s what journalism needs to do to fight misinformation and fake news

Way back in the spring of 2015  — long before false accusations of massive voter fraud and pizza-shop sex rings and before the Facebook fake-news beatdown — about 10,000 people were asked this question in a survey from the American Press Institute: “What do you think are the biggest challenges facing journalism in general today?” The […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: How to fit facts into a headline

Is everything @realDonaldTrump tweets “news?” The more important question is not whether to report on Trump’s tweets, but how. Many early headlines failed to indicate that Trump’s assertion was not corroborated by the facts. Here are five tips for conscientious headline writers. Quote of the week “No matter how Trump feels about the media, the […]

Strategy coverage, such as fundraising and horserace references, appears in over half of articles

When covering an election, journalists choose a mix of two basic types of reporting — “voter guide” pieces that examine the issue positions and values of the candidates, and “strategy” pieces that analyze campaign tactics and who’s ahead in the race. Observers often say that the voter guide approach is the higher journalistic purpose, while […]

Fact-checking and accountability reporting in 2017: What the American Press Institute is doing, and an invitation to join us

The 2016 presidential election has been marked by several head-spinning “firsts” — people and practices not seen in the history of U.S. politics. One of those is the surge of accountability reporting by journalists, particularly political fact-checking. Never before has fact-checking been such a player in U.S. presidential elections. At news organizations from NPR to […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Imagine a world without it

What would the world look like if no one fact-checked? Swedish hoax-busters Viralgranskaren looked at how a fake story spreads in two alternate realities, one where readers fact-check and one where they don’t. Quote of the week “You can’t blame all this on the big, bad media. The news media reflects society and its citizens […]

Trump says he wants to turn his relationship with The New York Times around

You might have heard: After holding an off-the-record meeting with network executives on Monday (Huffington Post), Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger on Tuesday and to speak on the record with NYT reporters and editors (@mlcalderone, Twitter), but the meeting was canceled after Trump claimed “the terms and […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: An open letter to Facebook

Fact-checkers from around the world have written to the CEO of Facebook, offering their support in the battle against fake news. It begins: “Dear Mark Zuckerberg: “Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex. In your words: ‘Identifying the ‘truth’ is complicated.’ We agree. It also […]

The Week in Fact-Checking: Post-election beatdown

Media self-loathing is flooding the internet. Finger-wagging critiques have been directed at many segments of the industry. Poll-aggregators failed to properly represent the uncertainty of the result. Cable news flooded the airwaves with uncritical and senseless Trump coverage. Pundits didn’t bother to dig beyond the smart take on their Twitter feed. But what does this campaign mean […]

Segregated social media bubbles led to media’s failure in the election, and those forces are likely to only get worse

“American political discourse in 2016 seemed to be running on two self-contained, never-overlapping sets of information,” Joshua Benton writes. “It took the Venn diagram finally meeting at the ballot box to make it clear how separate the two solitudes really are.” And while there’s many things to blame for these separated bubbles, Benton argues that […]

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