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A Viewer’s Guide to the N.C. Senate Debates

Political debates aren’t scripted, but the candidates usually come armed with some familiar talking points. To help you sort out the truth in the talking points in this week’s debates for the U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina, the Duke Reporters’ Lab has compiled a viewer’s guide from fact-checking done in the past year by WRAL-TV, PolitiFact, the Washington Post FactChecker, FactCheck.org and McClatchy. The debates are being held tonight and Thursday, with Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis tonight and Libertarian Sean Haugh joining them Thursday. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will moderate tonight’s one-hour debate, which starts at 7 p.m. on TV and radio stations throughout the state. It will be streamed live at http://abcnews.go.com/live. On Thursday, the debate will also be held at 7 p.m. and broadcast on TV stations around the state. Below are some of the … Read More »

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Lessons from the Poynter Global Fact-Checking Summit

The Reporters’ Lab was one of the co-sponsors of the Poynter Institute’s Global Fact-Checking Summit, which was held at the London School of Economics June 9-10, 2014. Here are some reflections on the conference and what’s ahead for the world’s fact-checkers. Poynter’s inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit attracted a diverse group of journalists to a London classroom this week. Two Italians explained their creative ideas for earning money from their work. An energetic editor from Argentina talked about how she uses crowdsourcing to help her reporters. And two young journalists from Ukraine showed how they’ve used digital tools to find manipulated photographs in the Russian media. The journalists shared something big in common: a passion for fact-checking. As international conferences go, the Global Fact-Checking Summit was a small one — about 40 fact-checkers, a half-dozen academics who study this growing new … Read More »

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A Map of Fact-Checking Around the Globe

To show the growth of political fact-checking, we plotted two maps of organizations around the world. The first map shows all 65 organizations — both active and inactive. The second map shows the 48 organizations with currently active sites. We geocoded the organizations by city. When the dots stacked on top of each other, we adjusted them so all the dots could be seen. Of all the 65 organizations, 33 are in Europe — 22 of which are currently active. North America has the second-largest number with 18 total organizations and 16 active. Fact-checking is on the rise in Australia, Africa, Asia and South America, where new organizations have emerged in the last year. To view the full interactive map of all the organizations, click here or follow this link: http://bit.ly/1izhLgZ To view the full interactive map of organizations with active sites, … Read More »

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Coverage of Global Fact-Checking Summit

The Duke Reporters’ Lab was one of the co-sponsors of the Poynter Institute’s inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit, held at the London School of Economics June 9-10. It attracted about 50 fact-checkers and academics from countries ranging from India to Chile.  Here’s some of the coverage received: Washington Post, The global boom in political fact-checking ABC Australia, Fact checking around the world: Pioneers Bill Adair and Glenn Kessler speak to ABC Fact Check Africa Check Director Peter Cunliffe-Jones: Why fact-checking matters Duke professor Bill Adair: Lessons from the Poynter global fact-checking summit Tampa Bay Times Editor Neil Brown: 5 essential understandings of the fact-checking movement  Poynter: Fact-checkers plan international organization  

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We’re building PebbleWire, a news app for a wristwatch

The Duke Reporters’ Lab is building a new app that will put headlines on your wristwatch. With the rapid growth of smart watches and other wearable devices such as Google Glass, the Reporters’ Lab is developing a new app that will allow people to get headlines on their watches for topics ranging from politics to sports. Our first such app, PebbleWire, is being built for the Pebble, a popular new watch that was launched with the most successful Kickstarter campaign in history. We also plan to adapt PebbleWire for other watches in the future. PebbleWire is being designed and built by Duke electrical engineering student Aaron Krolik, a developer in the Reporters’ Lab. He is finishing an early version of the app for Android users and plans to build an iPhone version in the next few weeks. (Pebbles connect to … Read More »