Although there is plenty of fact-checking being done at the local level — particularly during the 2016 election — news organizations are making it too hard for readers to track down this important form of journalism.
That’s the central theme of a new Duke Reporters’ Lab analysis written by Lab co-director Mark Stencel and research coordinator Rebecca Iannucci.
Student researchers in the Lab reviewed nearly 40 regional media outlets that fact-checked political claims during the 2016 election cycle. The main takeaway: News organizations aren’t using enough basic digital publishing practices to promote their fact-checks clearly and consistently.
The full report, published Oct. 16, can be read on Poynter.