Futures Lab Update

FL141: Faster fact-checking and nonprofit partnerships

This week we find out how automation might speed up political fact-checking, and we learn what goes into successful partnerships that involve nonprofit news organizations.

PART 1: Faster fact-checking

It takes time to investigate whether claims made by politicians are true, but technology might help speed up that process. We get some ideas from PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman and Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.
Reporting by Berkeley Lovelace.

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The Washington Post has been working for some time on its own real-time fact-checking system, called Truth Teller. In addition to political speech, the Post has applied its fact-checking effort to movie trailers.

PART 2: Nonprofit partnerships

Partnerships between nonprofit journalism outlets and their for-profit counterparts increasingly enable deep reporting on complex subjects to reach a wide audience. We find out what goes into these efforts from Gabriel Dance, managing editor at The Marshall Project, and T. Christian Miller, a reporter at ProPublica.
Reporting by Katy Mersmann.

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“An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” which explores the difficult work of tracking down a rapist, is a recent collaborative effort reported and published by both The Marshall Project and ProPublica. Most collaborations are planned in advance, but as the editors explain, the unusual cooperation on this project “arose entirely by chance, months after both news organizations had begun work on different facets of what turned out to be the same story.” Further details about how the reporting was done are explained here. The story also has been adapted into an episode of This American Life scheduled for release on Feb. 26.

The Columbia Journalism Review provides a more in-depth look at The Marshall Project and its approach to journalism and partnerships.

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