Fact-checking organisations are working to prevent the spread of misinformation. Sometimes they check claims made by public figures, in other cases they hold media reports to account.
They also offer useful tools and tips for journalists, who will use similar research tactics in their day-to-day work, but may be able to save time by utilising the resources of these platforms which may have already done the time-intensive work for them.
We also look at how news outlets are also offering readers their own fact-checking services, such as Washington Post’s TruthTeller app, the prototype for which was launched this year.
The podcast hears from:
- Will Moy, director, Full Fact
- Peter Cunliffe-Jones, director, Africa Check
- Sara Carothers, project manager, TruthTeller, Washington Post
- HuffPost: Obama’s State of the Union address, now with real-time fact checking
- NYT: Fact-checking in the online age
- Nieman: Exploring a niche for non-niche fact-checking
- Politico: US local papers to syndicate fact-checking site PolitiFact
- #GEN2012: ‘Trolls’ can become an asset in data journalism projects