Fact-Checking

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Lack of access to information is driving Latin America's fact-checking boom

There are currently more than a dozen fact-checking initiatives in Latin America, from Argentina's Chequeado to Colombia's Colombiacheck. These fact-checking efforts were born in different economic, social and cultural contexts. They all share a common denominator, however: They operate in countries where, to varying degrees, there is a lack of access to public and reliable data. In Latin … Read More
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What do fact-checkers around the world have in common?

This article originally appeared on PolitiFact. It is reposted here with the author's permission. From Canada to Colombia, from Spain to South Africa, fact-checking is now spreading around the globe. In June, international fact-checkers gathered in Buenos Aires to compare notes on how we investigate claims, weigh evidence and publish our findings. Those of us who gathered at the … Read More
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Lessons from fact-checking the Brexit debate

London-based fact-checking site Full Fact has had its work cut out in the past couple of months: The intense campaign building up to Thursday's referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the EU referendum has been littered with questionable facts. With a recent survey showing knowledge of basic facts on the EU still imperfect, fact-checking seems as necessary … Read More
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Poynter launches international fact-checking fellowships

With support from the Shuttleworth Foundation, the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter is offering two fellowships worth $2,500 each. The fellowships are aimed at fact-checkers seeking to spend time embedded at a fact-checking organization in another country in order to be exposed to best practices they can adopt. These are entirely self-organized fellowships: Applicants must specify the organization they want … Read More
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What the world’s fact-checkers make of the Trump phenomenon

Donald Trump has given fact-checkers in the United States plenty of work. Yet his apparent indifference to fact-checking has led many to wonder whether scrutinizing his claims makes any difference. Reunited in Buenos Aires for their third annual conference, fact-checkers from around the world debated the question. Trump shows that the work of verifying politicians’ claims is important, said … Read More
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In Buenos Aires, fact-checkers plan a code of principles and an International Fact-Checking Day

The fact-checking movement is all grown up. With Factcheck.org turning 13 this year, fact-checking is now a staple of American political coverage. And although they took hold later, by and large, international fact-checking initiatives are not exactly new either: Désintox launched on France's Libération in 2008; Argentina’s Chequeado and the UK's Full Fact are both six years old. With this in … Read More
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Shuttered apps, aborted podcasts and TV hiccups: Fact-checkers share stories of failure

Fact-checkers are experts at thorough research and careful writing, but many confessed Thursday that they struggle with thinking on their feet and venturing out of their comfort zones. Eleven fact-checkers presented their organizations’ biggest successes and failures to kick off the third annual Global Fact-Checking Summit in Buenos Aires. Most of the success stories underlined what fact-checkers are good at … Read More
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There's been an explosion of international fact-checkers, but they face big challenges

This is a lightly edited version of a speech delivered at Latam Chequea, the conference of Latin American fact-checkers organized by Chequeado on June 7 and 8. Fact-checking in its current incarnation was kick-started in the United States with the launch of Factcheck.org in 2003 and popularized in this moment (go to 40:58). Ironically, Cheney hadn’t fact-checked the domain … Read More
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South Africa's fact-checking site is turning to radio to break through the noise

In the United States, the recent podcast explosion has led to a renaissance for auditory news and commentary. But in South Africa, radio never ceased to be fundamental. "Radio remains easily the most important medium in South Africa and on the broader continent," says Franz Kruger, director of the Radio Academy at Wits University in Johannesburg and a professor … Read More
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Fact-checkers from 41 countries meet in Buenos Aires this week

In an age of massive disinformation campaigns, social media echo chambers and fact-challenged political candidates, high-quality fact-checking is indispensable. More than 100 fact-checkers and academics from 41 countries will meet in Buenos Aires this week to discuss the growth of the fact-checking movement worldwide and its many challenges. The conference, on June 9 and 10, is a project of the … Read More
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Why CNN's fact-checking chyron is a big deal — and why it isn't

On Thursday morning, a fact-checker's fantasy world materialized live on air. CNN's "At this Hour" played a clip of Donald Trump in Sacramento swatting away allegations that he advocated that Japan obtain nuclear weapons. Turns out, those allegations were true, based on a statement the presumptive Republican nominee made earlier this year. Highlighting a flip-flop on TV isn't newsworthy; what … Read More
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Can the worldwide boom in digital fact-checking make the leap to TV?

The global growth in fact-checking has been driven by a boom in digital initiatives. Of the 45 fact-checkers surveyed ahead of the Third Global Fact-Checking Summit in Buenos Aires next week, only three publish their content primarily on television. Yet even in the age of Snapchat and Facebook live, television matters. Generally speaking, television audiences are larger … Read More
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Annotation might be the future of fact-checking

Climate Feedback, a scientist-led effort to "peer review" the world’s climate journalism, is closing in on its $30,000 crowdfunding target. A successful conclusion to the campaign would bolster one of the most prominent efforts yet to conduct fact-checking via web annotation. Annotation allows critics to add line-by-line comments to webpages in a corrective "layer" that doesn’t change the … Read More
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Are we 'post-fact' already?

Fact-checking efforts have increased around the world, but there's also an increase of information and continued bias toward your own leanings. "This has always been the case, but social media now multiplies the phenomenon: In a world where people get most of their information from friends, fact-checking doesn’t reach those who need it most."

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The Washington Post, PolitiFact and Factcheck.org are using this widget to make facts more shareable

The presidential campaign in the United States has led to oodles of commentary about the importance and effects of fact-checking political figures. Angie Holan, the editor of PolitiFact, encapsulated the zeitgeist aptly in the headline of her recent article "Fact-checking 2016: This is gonna be messy." (PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is … Read More