Basic steps to follow when attempting to confirm the validity of information found online.
Fact-checkingFact-checking as a form of journalistic writing refers to the assessment of statements and rhetoric for accuracy and truthfulness, as well as the debunking of viral stories and rumors. Fact-checking is a form of accountability journalism because the statements are typically made by people in politics, government or other powerful positions who are held accountable for their words and actions. Fact-checks require original sources, intense research, and high-quality data.
Big Picture A fact-checking primer
The discipline of verification is a key function of journalism. Learn more about fact-checking as a discipline, why it’s important, and how to do it right.
Plan Learn more about the concepts and strategies behind fact-checking
A glossary of terminology used in defining types of incorrect information.
An explanation of the traditional “CRAP” detection test developed by Howard Reingold.
An interview with journalist Benjamin Phelan about his intense fact-checking work for “This American Life” and “S-Town.”
A list of about 200 fake websites and how we know they’re fake.
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Do Tactics to improve your fact-checking quality and capabilities
A guide to setting up a bulletproof fact-checking program in your newsroom.
A coherent explanation and a quiz to test your knowledge of the difference between primary and secondary sources.
This effective comic-strip style primer explains the types of resistance fact-checkers face.
A series of fact checks that examine political “talking points” and their deception.
Tips for writing and producing a fact check to reach the fact-resistant.
Facts don’t need to be boring. This report demonstrates more engaging ways to present data and factual content.
FactCheck.org explains how they select and produce their content.
AfricaCheck explains how they select and produce their content.
How PolitiFact created, maintains and modifies its rating system.
A free online course that includes separate chapters for beginners to advanced fact-checkers. Also available in several languages.