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A Map of Fact-Checking Around the Globe

To show the growth of political fact-checking, we plotted a map of the organizations around the world. 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. Nearly half of the fact-checking organizations – 27 – are in Europe. The United States has the second-largest number with 17 organizations. 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, click here or follow this link: http://bit.ly/1izhLgZ To view a complete list of the organizations featured on the map, click here or follow this link: http://bit.ly/1hjel4B    

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 »

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 »

What’s next for the Reporters’ Lab

If journalism is in the doldrums, you wouldn’t know it from the Online News Association conference in Atlanta last weekend. The sold-out conference offered a dizzying array of great panels and a midway that lived up to its name. Vendors ranging from Google to the Knight Foundation showcased a wide range of new digital tools for journalists. Matt Waite flew his drone. The conference was a reminder that we’re at a moment of reinvention in journalism when we can radically improve how we tell stories and inform people. And that is our mission for the Reporters’ Lab. I took over the lab when I became the Knight Chair at Duke a few months ago. It’s been dormant while I focused on teaching my fall classes, but now that the semester is well underway, I’ve got several projects underway. You’ll be … Read More »

Should refusing public records carry jail time?

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would criminalize a public official’s failure to release public information. Fifteen other states already classify record law violations as misdemeanors, but it might not be the prescription for opening up government. Read More »