In today’s “fake news” digital age, it’s more important than ever to make sure we broadcast correct information to build credibility, gain trust from our audience, and deliver fairness to our sources who shared with us a piece of their lives. If a media organization can afford it, the simple solution to reducing errors in content would be to hire a fact-checker or a research editor. In reality, most smaller production teams or freelancers often have to fact-check their own work, which can be a daunting process.
This week we are going to put on our Sherlock hats (or as the fact-checkers call it, "deerstalker hats") and dive into the world of responsible journalism! We compiled a list of resources that can help you sleuth for the truth because we can't all have a Dr. Watson pointing out our mistakes.
- Fact-check Yourself Before You Fact-wreck Yourself | Christopher Swetala for Transom
- This American Life’s fact-checker, Christopher Swetala, advises how not to let the facts and ceiling fall on your head.
- Fake News: Evaluating & Fact Checking | Fordham University Libraries
- Fordham University created a web page linking to several sources for evaluating online information.
- Why is fake news so prevalent? Researchers offer some answers | Daniela Flamini for Poynter
- Daniela Flamini examines the catalysts of online rumors and “fake news.”
- Verified signatories of the IFCN code of principles | IFCN
- Here's a list of fact-checking sites that have pledged to follow the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) code of laws.
- Russell Lewis's guide to fact checking | Russell Lewis for NPR Training
- NPR's Southern Bureau Chief, Russell Lewis, gives a quick TLDR on how to evaluate the accuracy of one's work.
- The Line Between Fact and Fiction | Roy Peter Clark for Nieman Storyboard
- We all want our news stories to be entertaining, but how do we balance our narrative and the facts? Writing coach, Roy Peter Clark, reflects over the shady history of American journalism and shares advice on how to manage bias in reporting.
- Factually Newsletter | American Press Institute
- Stay in the loop of all the latest fact-checking news by subscribing to Factually. A weekly newsletter sent out by the American Press Institute.
- Make No Mistake, but if You Do, Here's How to Correct It | Margaret Sullivan for The New York Times
- Senior editor of standards for the New York Times, Greg Brock, compares his correction ethics with that of Washington Post's executive editor, Martin Baron.
- How to correct website and social media errors effectively | Craig Silverman for American Press Institute
- The American Press Institute shares a detailed guideline on how to execute corrections ethically in the digital world.
- The Fact-Checker | Christopher Swetala for Third Coast Audio Festival
- Yes, another Swetala resource, but to be fair, he's a fantastic researcher! For the audio learners, Swetala shares advice for triple-checking your reporting and ask us to question the truth in everything, even our mother's love.
- 'The Pub' #107: Accuracy matters more than ever — so check your facts | Annie Russell and Erica Peterson for Current
- AIR's Project Editor, Annie Russell, reviews tips newsrooms can follow to avoid mistakes big and small with WFPL News Director, Erica Peterson.
- The Fact Checker's Bible: A Guide to Getting It Right | Sarah Harrison Smith
- Sarah Harrison Smith, former head of checking for the New York Times Magazine, preaches to readers about the lost art of fact-checking.
- The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) | Brooke Borel
- Brooke Borel gathers expertise from more than 200 writers, editors, and researchers to bring you a book that also should have been named The Fact Checker's Bible.
- Hands-on Fact-checking: A Short Course | Alexios Mantzarlis and Jane Elizabeth for Poynter
- IFCN, The American Press Institute, and Google News Initiative. The most ambitious crossover in journalism history brings you a 90-minute online course on debunking viral misinformation.
- Fact-Check It: Digital Tools to Verify Everything Online | Ren LaForme and Daniel Funke for Poynter
- Daniel Funke, fact-checking reporter, and Ren LaForme, digital tools reporter, have scoured the internet to present you tools to help investigate the truth.
- KSJ Fact-Checking Workshop | The Knight Science Journalism
- The Knight Science Journalism has tagged teamed with MIT to bring you a workshop that will gather about two-dozen copy editors and early-career journalists to learn about fact-checking, with a focus on science journalism. Applications are due September 9, 2019.
Fellowships/Workshops to Look for in 2020
- IFCN’s Fellowship Program | Poynter
- Are you an up-in-coming fact-checker seeking to hone your skills? The IFCN grants new coming fact-checkers the ability to spend time researching another organization outside their own country.
- The Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program: Editorial Fellowship | Mother Jones
- Mother Jones offers an editorial fellowship which teaches fellows a mix of fact-checking, web production, research, and blogging. It's an excellent opportunity for those wanting to learn many skills, not just fact-checking.