Poynter Results

  • Fact-Checking


    For American fact-checkers working around gaps in government data, a lesson from Argentina

    Gaps in information frustrate the work of fact-checkers. But what about when a government agency creates them?

    “To know that the data has been tracked in the past and is maybe still tracked currently and is not being released — that just seems like a step backward,” said Angie Holan, editor of PolitiFact (a project of the Poynter-owned Tampa Bay Times).

  • Tips/Training


    5 ways to fact-check data sets

    Fact-checkers, and all journalists, rely on data. But before you use the data to fact-check a claim or include in a story, it is essential to fact-check the data set itself.

    Treat data sets like all other sources. No source should be trusted blindly. Just as you verify statements made by people you interview, check the track record of the organization and verify the data set.

  • Innovation


    How should today's publishers measure their audiences? Here's BuzzFeed's answer.

    One of the biggest questions facing news organizations today is coming up with a way to measure audience attention in an increasingly complicated media ecosystem.

    Three decades ago, it was easy — publishers could look at circulation numbers, newscasters could examine Nielsen ratings, and they could both expect to have a reasonable barometer of their success. Within the last decade, pageviews and uniques have been the coin of the realm, the standard metrics news organizations measure and tout to advertisers.

  • Article

    Health care coverage is more than numbers

    We’ve heard a lot about the website and its performance metrics recently.

    But the Affordable Care Act metric that really matters isn’t error rates or response time. It’s enrollment.

    Furthermore, what matters isn’t just how many people enroll – although that’s part of it. It’s also who enrolls – in particular, their age and health status. A mix that includes younger and healthier people is needed for a viable insurance risk pool. And whether that mix has been achieved may not be clear until later in the six-month open-enrollment season.

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