Fact-Checking Research Database

We collect (and briefly explain) major studies on fact-checking, fake news and misinformation

Research Study

Plenty of fact-checking is taking place, but finding it is another issue

Mark Stencel, Rebecca Iannucci
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American fact-checking suffers from a lack of presentation

In a report published on Poynter, student researchers at the Duke Reporters' Lab reviewed the work of 37 regional media outlets that fact-checked political claims during the election cycle that ended in November 2016. The most surprising finding was the significant differences in the ways those news organizations presented and organized their fact checks. At least 21 states the Reporters' Lab looked at had a plentiful supply of homegrown, multimedia fact-checking produced by local news organizations, with examinations of more than 1,800 claims by candidates, policymakers and other influential voices in the political process. But some state and local fact-checkers did not create the most basic of landing pages to collect all of their reporting in one place. And those that did build those pages missed other opportunities to make the most of their fact checks’ unusually long shelf life.

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