A recent academic study in the United States showed a “huge growth” in journalists fact checking their news stories, specifically in the political arena. The paper “Where and Why do Journalists Fact-Check”, delivered in April at the Midwest Political Science Association conference. Amidst an apparent decline in newsroom resources and quality, a co-author of the paper described the increase in this form of quality assurance as “an “explosion” that coincides with an increased coverage of national politics as the US election draws ever closer.
Even in the UK our own election coverage earlier this month was under the critical eye of Full Fact, a specialist political news story fact check service. In this age of distrust of both the media and politics this is surely long overdue!