Fact-Checking Goes Global
Political fact-checking is expanding around the world, with new ventures popping up in South Africa, Australia, Germany, Chile and many other countries. But as the websites take root, the fact-checkers are facing new pressures to maintain high standards, deal with partisan audiences and find a sustainable business model.
Bill Adair, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. site PolitiFact, will moderate a conversation with Peter Fray, who led a fact-checking movement in Oz when he launched PolitiFact Australia; and Martin Kotynek, creator of the German site Faktomat, which relies on crowd-sourcing to select claims to check.
As fact-checking matures, the sites need to establish new standards and practices to reassure skeptical audiences that their often-controversial work is solid. There’s broad agreement that fact-checking is important journalism, but the sites must find a way to survive in a competitive and partisan media world.
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Bill Adair Duke University
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