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    Poynter Expands Fact-Checking Franchise by Acquiring PolitiFact.com

    ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Feb. 12, 2018) - The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, has acquired direct ownership of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact.com from its founding entity, the Tampa Bay Times.

    Though Poynter owns the Tampa Bay Times newspaper -- which created the PolitiFact initiative in 2007 --the formal acquisition and relocation allows Poynter to expand its fact-check training and leadership in best practices, and to be engaged in the real time journalism that it teaches.

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    What does research say about fact-checking? Find out in our new database.

    Over the past few years, the hot takes have been endless.

    Facts are dead. Fake news can sway election results. Echo chambers rule the internet.

    The questions they’ve raised are important, but often divorced from the latest research. Thankfully, the spotlight on fact-checking and misinformation has resulted in an abundance of academic work on the field.

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    The Fifth Global Fact-Checking Summit will be held in Rome in June 2018

    In the four years since fact-checkers around the world first gathered in London for the inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit, a lot has happened in the fight against misinformation.

    Fact-checking took on even more relevance in the coverage of the United States presidential election in 2016, the circulation of deceptive content on social media platforms became common and —in response— news organizations, technology companies and audiences joined efforts to stop misinformation and spread reliable and verified information.

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    Poynter releases new study examining trust in the media

    The Poynter Institute released original public opinion research today that indicates overall trust and confidence in the media has increased since President Trump took office to the highest levels observed since the 2001 terrorist attacks, though the president’s war of words on the press appear to have exacerbated partisan divisions in attitudes toward the press.

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    Reflections on the history of ethics at Poynter

    From its earliest years as a school for journalists, The Poynter Institute concerned itself with the practice and teaching of news media ethics. As happened within others fields of study – such as bio-medical ethics – Poynter’s work on ethics was inspired by a national scandal. In 1980, the Washington Post published a story about an 8-year-old heroin addict. The paper won a Pulitzer Prize and returned it when the story turned out to be a hoax.

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