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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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Why Digital Tools Stay in the Shed: ‘The Goat Must Be Fed’

For all the talk about digital tools and a data reporting revolution in the news business, the hype doesn’t match the reality in most American newsrooms. That’s what we heard when the Duke Reporters’ Lab set out to understand why so many news staffs have such a difficult time figuring out how to open these digital toolboxes — even when peers at other organizations have shown what even one data-savvy journalist on staff can accomplish. The resulting report, published today, got its title from an answer we heard in an interview with Jim Farley, the recently retired news leader at WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C., one of the best-staffed and most successful radio news operations in the country. “We’re live and local, 24/7, 365,” Farley told us. “The goat must be fed.” It turns out the John S. and James L. … Read More »

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Duke study finds fact-checking growing around the world

With sites such as Faktomat in Germany, Chequeado in Argentina and Les Decodeurs in France, political fact-checking is expanding rapidly around the globe, according to a new analysis by the Duke University Reporters’ Lab. The study found 59 sites that have done fact-checking in the last few years, including 44 currently active. More than two-thirds use rating systems such as the Truth-O-Meter, El Poligrafo or Pinocchios. The ratings typically include a true to false scale, although some use terms as such “Rubbish,” “Deceitful” and “Insane Whopper.” The Reporters’ Lab analysis, which was done in advance of a Poynter Institute conference to be held in London in June, is believed to be the first study to examine the growth of fact-checking around the world. The second phase of the study, to be conducted by University of Wisconsin journalism professor Lucas Graves, … 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 »