Although journalism has always been an exercise in gaining readers’ trust, the last year has been a particularly tough one for members of the news media.
It was no surprise, then, that trust and transparency were major topics of discussion at Global Fact 4, the annual summit of fact-checkers around the world that took place July 5-7 in Madrid, Spain. While it would be easy to target the United States and its tumultuous 2016 election as the epicenter of distrust in the media, panelists at Global Fact 4 proved it is a worldwide issue.
The Poynter Institute announced Monday that Alexios Mantzarlis will be the director and editor of a new International Fact-Checking Network. The IFCN's work will appear on Poynter's site and Mantzarlis will publish a weekly newsletter.