A Duke team has developed software to assist journalists in identifying and fact-checking claims made by politicians and other news sources. The team is presenting their research at the 2014 Computation + Journalism conference in New York on Oct. 24. Professors Jun Yang and Bill Adair have described the research in an American Journalism Review article. The uClaim/iCheck team’s research can be found here.
On Thursday, please join us for a ‘pop-up’ event— Reporting Ebola, with journalist Jeff Stern T’07 (Public Policy and Policy Journalism & Media Studies) and moderated by Prof. Ken Rogerson. Jeff’s reporting was published in the October issue of Vanity Fair: Hell in the Hot Zone. Also see Stern’s personal website for more of his reporting and photographs from Afghanistan. Feel free to spread the word! The event is in the Sanford School, 3-4 pm, Room 05. More Info.
In an interview with Journalist’s Resource, Former Duke professor Sarah Cohen, now editor of computer-assisted reporting at the New York Times, talks about her work at Duke and Columbia, and what those preparing to be ‘data journalists’ should know about the field.
In early June, the Reporters’ Lab co-sponsored Poynter’s inaugural Global Fact-Checking Summit at the London School of Economics. Fifty-five journalists from six continents gathered to learn, share best practices and build a community of world-wide fact-checkers. In his opening remarks, organizer and Knight Professor of Computational Journalism Bill Adair told attendees, “Here we are from all over the world and we all have this passion for this unique form of journalism.” Tim Franklin, President of the Poynter Institute, applauded the work of the attendees, “The world needs more clarions of fact-based truth.” Additional conference coverage and video highlights can be seen here and here.