The American Press Institute this year has furthered that conversation in a big way, with The Fact-Checking Project, a research and training initiative supported by the Democracy Fund. And I’m happy to announce that I have joined this important effort, as the researcher and writer for the API’s fact-checking resource guide. This listing of vetted resources for fact-checkers focuses (at least for now) on campaign funding, legislator voting records, and three hot-button issues: immigration, health care and the economy.
The page is now live, and we’ll keep updating it with additional helpful resources.
My work with API follows on the heels of my first byline with Columbia Journalism Review, about software “bots” that help journalists and readers fact-check. From Hearsift to Pheme, from Truth Teller to Trooclick (which I covered here) and Pacific Social (which I covered here), this field is really starting to take off. I expect these innovative academics and entrepreneurs will keep giving me things to write about – and reason to be hopeful about the battle against misinformation.
Do you have a tool for tackling falsehood and rumor? Let me know!