How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer

Finding and choosing claims to fact-check can be tricky. Not everything a politician, government official or media organization says can be checked. But here are some ways to identify statements in the vast information ecosystem that you can fact-check.

A fact-checkable statement:

  • Has been obtained from a reliable source (with video or articles that you can link to, Twitter or Facebook accounts, official websites, etc.)
  • Contains at least one fact or figure that can be verified or put into context
  • Can be isolated (making it as short as possible without losing any context)

Taken from How to Fact-Check Politics and the Media: A Primer, a webinar at Poynter NewsU.

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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.

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