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.
The Reporters’ Lab investigates digital tools and the data reporting revolution in the news business. Why do so many news staffs have such a difficult time figuring out how to open these digital toolboxes — even when peers at other organizations have shown what even one data-savvy journalist on staff can accomplish? The resulting report got its title from an interview with Jim Farley, the recently retired news leader at WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C. “We’re live and local, 24/7, 365,” Farley told us. “The goat must be fed.”
Andrew Beaton T’14, was awarded the 11th annual Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism for his article The Oral History of Tailgate, published in The Duke Chronicle on November 08, 2013. The selection committee of faculty and alumni marked this piece as exemplary, describing it “…as an innovative narrative that, through the voices of more than a dozen sources, provided a thorough and compelling account of the rise and demise of Tailgate. The article reconstructed in intimate and honest terms a chapter of Duke’s cultural history that cast a fair and illuminating light on a tradition revered by some and reviled by others. The depth of the reporting, the skillful assembly of the component parts and the pacing of the story made it a compelling read. This was reflected in the voluminous commentary it provoked in social media among students and alumni. If Tailgate was a symbol of one aspect of life at Duke, this story is an example of the power of journalism to explore broader truths through the lens of a single event.” See Twitter traffic generated by the story collected here.
Tunisian journalist and Jasmine Revolution activist Olfa Riahi will donate a signed copy of the new constitution of Tunisia and several books on Tunisian history, politics and revolution to the Duke University Libraries. Riahi, participant in the DeWitt Wallace Center’s Media Fellows Program, is a political activist, blogger, investigative reporter and author. Learn more . . .