Today: snippets of code for Google News; Tomorrow: academic research and maybe a Grandpa Alert ClaimReview now includes 100,000 fact-checks, and is helping to develop new tools and bring new understanding to the fight against falsehoods. Article by Bill Adair and Joel Luther, published by Poynter, March 1, 2021. READ
Shepley Professor Philip Napoli and researcher Asa Royal, on the complicity of advertisers who monetize disinformation. By Enabling Disinformation, Advertisers put Democracy in Danger, published in Medium, 2/1/2021
Napoli to lead DeWitt Wallace Center in July 2021 Philip M. Napoli, the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy, will become the new director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy beginning July 1, Dean Judith Kelley announced today. Since joining Duke in 2016, Napoli has served as a faculty affiliate at the … Continued
Misinformation fueled the Capitol riots — a Biden commission could chart a path forward Oped by Professors Bill Adair and Philip Napoli, published in The Hill, 01/12/21 Read
As Americans have tried to come to terms with our history of racism, we condemn its presence in our profession and call for media outlets to diversify their staffs from the top down. We also note that journalists, including those of color, have been victims of police misconduct in recent days, and we are disturbed at the large number of attacks perpetrated on all those attempting to uphold a free press in the service of democracy.
Margaret Sullivan, the media columnist for the Washington Post, will join the faculty of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy to teach a course in the spring semester.
Articles about Durham’s prosecutor, a local murder case, and problems at the Duke Student Health Center were selected for top honors in the 2019 student journalism awards given by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. Duke junior Rose Wong won first place in the Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism for “Vital … Continued
The best advice for breaking big stories? Follow the money. Business journalists Karen Blumenthal and Scott McCartney did that for decades, mostly for The Wall Street Journal. This spring they will teach it in a new business journalism course for Duke undergraduates. Covering business is “an awesome beat because … Continued
Former Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly could not have known he was providing the title for a book about the racial dividing lines in American media when he labeled TV critic Eric Deggans “one of the biggest race-baiters in the country.” Deggans’ book, “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide … Continued
New Op-ed by Knight Professor Bill Adair published in the Columbia Journalism Review, August 29, 2019. Op-ed: Bias is good. It just needs a label.
The News Measures Research Project team, led by Shepley Professor Philip M. Napoli, has released a new report: Who’s Producing Local Journalism: Assessing Journalistic Output Across Different Outlet Types By: Jessica Mahone, Qun Wang, Philip Napoli, Matthew Weber, Katie McCollough August, 2019 Full report here. The economic challenges facing local journalism and the … Continued
Shepley Professor Philip Napoli’s newest book, released in August, is entitled “Social Media and the Public Interest: Media Regulation in the Disinformation Age”. Professor Napoli and Cathy Clabby will lead a lunch conversation based on the book on September 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. Below are more details about the talk: Modernizing … Continued
Facts, community, and bears Bill Adair Bill Adair delivered the Warren Wilson College commencement address, Asheville, N.C., May 11, 2019. Below are his comments: Thank you, President Morton, members of the board of trustees, graduates from the class of 2019, and members of the Warren Wilson family. It’s a wonderful honor to be here … Continued
On Friday, May 10, 2019 students received their certificate in Policy, Journalism, & Media Studies. 2019 Graduating Class of PJMS Certificate Recipients Cameron Anderson Jason Drogin Atwood Sini Nina Chen Delaney Dryfoos Elizabeth Kathleen (Liz) Finny Mitchell Philip Gladstone Kyle A. Gornick Steven Carmichael Hassey Janie Hendrickson Christine Marie (Christy) Kuesel Absaroka (Abbie) Mann-Wood William … Continued
On April 15, 2019 students, faculty and staff came together to honor a Duke alum and Duke undergraduate students for their journalism. The awards included the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism presented to a Duke alum, The Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the new Fischer-Zernin Award for Local … Continued
The Duke Reporters’ Lab hosted its annual Tech & Check conference on March 28-29. More than 50 technologists, fact-checkers, computer scientists and Duke students gathered at the Bullpen in downtown Durham to discuss progress in automated fact-checking. Participants did demos of their projects and discussed plans for the future. Some highlights from the conference: Dan … Continued
Articles about sexual assault and a project on fact-checking were selected for top honors in the 2018 student journalism awards, which are given each year by the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. Duke journalism student Julia Donheiser and 2018 graduate Riley Griffin have been jointly selected for the 2018 Melcher Family Award for … Continued
Susan Taylor Martin ’71 Susan Taylor Martin, a veteran reporter and editor for the Tampa Bay Times, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism. The annual award is given to a Duke alum by the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy. In 37 … Continued
I’m thrilled to announce a new student journalism award underwritten by Max Fischer-Zernin, one of the original student researchers in the Reporters’ Lab who graduated from Duke in 2015. The Fischer-Zernin Award for Local Journalism will recognize the best work by Duke students covering the important issues of city and county governments and other … Continued
The Zeidman Colloquium on Politics & the Press, “What Happens Next? The Midterms, the Media & Washington,” was held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Penn Pavilion on Duke’s west campus. Patterson Professor Philip Bennett led a panel discussion with journalists Yamiche Alcindor (PBS NewsHour), Frank Bruni (The New York Times), and Katherine Miller (BuzzFeed News). … Continued
Daniela Flamini ’19 and Professor Mark Stencel hosted “Fact-Checking Politics in Argentina and Around the World” as a part of Duke’s At Home in the World program. Daniela is a Trinity senior who tracks political fact-checking projects around the world for the Duke Reporters’ Lab. During her presentation, she discussed her internship with fact-checking organization Chequeado during … Continued
Dewitt Wallace student Julianna Rennie ’21 covered Mayor Steve Schewel’s unexpected late night habits in the 9th Street Journal this week. Working with Katie Nelson ’19 on photography and Asa Royal ’19 on data analysis, the team investigated a curious trend they noticed: Durham Mayor Steve Schewel sends a lot of midnight … Continued
Filmmaker, producer, photographer, and documentarian Daphne McWilliams joined the DeWitt Wallace Center for a lunch on documentary filmmaking and journalism.
The Dewitt Wallace Center’s lunch with Kevin Merida was fascinating & concerned with the influence of the digital age. He discussed the role of the fan, the purpose of a Black sports platform, & what makes a good hire.
During DEMAN Weekend ’18, The Dewitt Wallace Center hosted Duke Alums Josh Chapin ’09 (ABC11 Eyewitness News) and Sarah Krueger ’12 (WRAL-TV) for a conversation on “communities in crisis”. Josh and Sarah, both TV news reporters, showed clips and spoke to their experiences on and off camera reporting Hurricane Florence and other major news events.
Dewitt Wallace Center Director Bill Adair joins host Manoush Zomorodi on “What IS Fact-Checking” this week on the ZigZag podcast from PRX. He explains how he started PolitiFact and the origins, methodology, and challenges of this growing new form of journalism. He also talks about how Duke students and faculty are bringing together tech and journalism … Continued
Clay Risen, editor for The New York Times, joined the Dewitt Wallace Center on Tuesday, October 30 for a discussion on “How to Pitch an Op-Ed.” Faculty, staff and students were in attendance asking a variety of questions, including how to attach a pitch (pro tip: copy and paste into the body of an email … Continued
Monday, October 22 award-winning filmmaker Michael Kirk, is participating in a lunch discussion on “Documenting Trump.” Since 2016, Kirk has made six films for the PBS series Frontline about Donald Trump and the Trump presidency. Kirk is the director and co-writer of the recent PBS documentary “Trump’s Showdown.” Monday’s discussion will be led by Professor … Continued
Monday, October 1st, Duke Alum and New York Times correspondent Mark Mazzetti, visited the DeWitt Wallace Center to speak with journalism students and participate in a discussion of “The Fourth Estate.” Available on Showtime and iTunes, “The Fourth Estate” documents The New York Times’ coverage of Trump’s first year in office. Mazzetti and his team … Continued
The Duke Reporters’ Lab is launching a global effort to get more publishers to adopt ClaimReview, a schema.org open standard tagging system or “markup” that search engines and other major digital platforms use to find and highlight fact-checking articles. The Duke University Reporters’ Lab is launching a project to promote ClaimReview, a Google-funded project that will seek to expand … Continued
Duke journalism students are expanding the coverage of big-personality Durham, NC by reporting for the 9th Street Journal, a new digital news site published by students in the Advanced Reporting Lab course offered through the Policy Journalism & Media Studies program. The Journal provides news and feature articles about Durham. The goal of The 9th … Continued
The News Measures Research Project (NMRP) team, a research initiative led by Shepley Professor Philip Napoli, has published new findings from a study that measures the health and rigor of the local news infrastructures in communities. Assessing Local Journalism: News Deserts, Journalism Divides, and the Determinants of the Robustness of Local News PHILIP M. … Continued
With a grant from the N.C. Local News Lab Fund, our partnership will expand non-partisan fact-checking throughout the state. Announcement by the Duke Reporters’ Lab is here.
Catherine Clabby, an award-winning reporter and editor, has been named the new research and communications manager in the Duke Reporters’ Lab. In that role, Clabby will help direct student research on political fact-checking and automated journalism, including the Tech & Check Cooperative. In addition to her work in the Lab, Clabby will teach Newswriting … Continued
Bill Adair considers rating systems for fact-checking in a polarized political environment.
Peter Applebome, a reporter and editor whose journalism career spanned 40 years, was honored April 16 with the DeWitt Wallace Center’s Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism. Below are Applebome’s full remarks from the awards ceremony: Many thanks to Duke and the DeWitt Wallace Center for this award and to all of … Continued
Peter Applebome believes a journalist’s job is, above all else, to tell people’s stories. “A lot of our job is to capture the culture,” the Duke alumnus said. “In its richness, in its goofiness, in the ways it’s admirable, in the ways that it’s not.” After spending more than 40 years capturing the quirks of … Continued
Fox News’ top-rated host Bill O’Reilly made an unusual call to The New York Times in 2015, after a reporter had questioned his Falklands War coverage. When he got Emily Steel on the line, he delivered a personal message: “I am coming after you with everything I have. You can take that as a … Continued
Photo courtesy of The New York Times Peter Applebome, a Duke University alumnus who works as a writer and reporter for The New York Times, has been named the 2018 winner of the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism. The award is administered annually by the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and … Continued
Photo courtesy of Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi Recent Duke University graduate Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi has been awarded the 2017 Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism, which annually recognizes an undergraduate writer at Duke for the best journalistic piece produced in the past year. Tan-Delli Cicchi was honored for his October article “Supermanwoman” in The Standard, … Continued
Seventeen years ago, the DeWitt Wallace Center honored TV host Charlie Rose with the Futrell Award, which is given annually to recognize an outstanding Duke graduate working in journalism. The award was endowed by the family of Ashley B. Futrell Sr., the editor and publisher of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Daily News in Washington, North … Continued
Megan McArdle, a columnist at Bloomberg View and Duke University’s Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor, joined Ross Douthat, columnist at the New York Times, for the Nov. 8 conversation titled “Conservatism in the Age of Trump.” During the event, McArdle and Douthat discussed what it means to be a conservative during President Trump’s administration, … Continued
When he was 15 years old, Daniel Lippman interrogated White House officials about trade agreements and energy policy. He queried the attorney general about the Patriot Act and asked Neil Armstrong if humans could really go to Mars. As the “lone regular” on the Ask the White House online forum, the teen-aged news junkie attracted … Continued
In our ongoing Alumni Spotlight series, current Duke undergraduate students write profiles of university alumni who pursued careers in journalism. Below, junior Daniela Flamini writes about Julia Love ’11, who is currently a reporter at the Reuters office in Mexico City. When Julia Love arrived at Duke University as a freshman, journalism was the last … Continued
Journalism conferences can be pretty gloomy these days. With topics such as the rise of fake news, the decline in public trust and the plunge in ad revenue, the meetings can be downright depressing. But this weekend’s 36 Hours at Duke was nicely upbeat. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, the kickoff speaker, summed it up by … Continued
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 … Continued
As the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, Hallie Jackson covers a president who is known for making false statements — while attacking journalists for delivering “fake news” to their readers. You might think that would be frustrating for Jackson, who has been covering Trump since he won the Republican nomination for president. But … Continued
This week, we’re launching our Alumni Spotlight series, in which current Duke undergraduate students write profiles of university alumni who pursued careers in journalism. Below, junior Bill McCarthy writes about Isabella Kwai, Trinity ’16, who is currently an editorial assistant at the New York Times’ bureau in Sydney, Australia. Her parents laughed when she first … Continued
The day seemed to be winding down for NBC’s Hallie Jackson and her fellow White House reporters when Donald Trump’s staff issued a “lid” signaling that the president-elect would not venture out of Trump Tower for the rest of the evening. But just over an hour later, a motorcade pulled away from the building and … Continued
Bill Adair, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center, gave the keynote speech at the 2017 First Amendment Day, held Sept. 26 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The full text of Adair’s speech, titled “The Enemy of the American People and the Future of a Free Press,” is below. It’s a real … Continued
Andrew Kragie, a Duke University alumnus and metro reporter for the Houston Chronicle, joined students and faculty via Skype Sept. 22 to discuss his experience covering Hurricane Harvey. The conversation was hosted by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, as part of its Monuts Fridays series. Kragie graduated from Duke in 2015 with … Continued
Dillon Fernando, a senior at Duke University, spent the summer interning at Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the late-night comedy series on TBS that offers weekly political commentary. Fernando wrote the following reflection for the DeWitt Wallace Center, which partially funded his internship. On any given show night, Samantha Bee is unstoppable. The current first … Continued
Megan McArdle, the newest professor in the DeWitt Wallace Center, is an unusual voice in the Sanford School of Public Policy. She’s a libertarian who is critical of Obamacare ― and President Trump. And she’s calling her second lecture at Duke “How an Op-Ed is Like Star Wars.” McArdle, a columnist at Bloomberg View, has … Continued
Anna Kaul, a rising senior and public policy major at Duke University, spent the summer interning at Frontline, the public affairs television program that produces in-depth documentaries. She wrote the following piece as a capstone of her time at Frontline, an internship experience that was funded in part by the DeWitt Wallace Center. I pop … Continued
A newly released report from The Reporters’ Lab: Heroes or hacks? The partisan divide over fact-checking
We have to get out and spend time in small town America, middle-size, Middletown America and the rest of it. Otherwise, our ideas—we’re like an echo chamber in Washington. Duke alum and veteran journalist Judy Woodruff is the latest addition to the online interview collection of the Rutherfurd Living History program. In this 1999 … Continued
Reporters’ Lab researchers tested the AI’s fact checking knowledge using the new Amazon Echo feature, Share the Facts.
The Policy Journalism and Media Studies Certificate program at Duke University’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy housed in the Sanford School of Public Policy held its awards ceremony for the class of 2017 certificate recipients on Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Rhodes Conference Room. Bill Adair, Knight Professor of the Practice of … Continued
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Patterson Professor Philip Bennett joins FRONTLINE as Special Projects Editor working on the series’ political and policy films. He will also supervise the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, a collaboration with DWC and Duke, providing audience access to original source material behind the documentaries. Full article here.
Megan McArdle, a columnist at Bloomberg View, has been named the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences for the 2017-18 school year. McArdle writes about business, economics and public policy. She has been praised by New York Times columnist David Brooks … Continued
On April 6, the DeWitt Wallace Center awarded its annual Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism to Craig Whitlock (T’90), an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. Here is his acceptance speech: It is a just a terrific honor to be here and be recognized with the Futrell Award. Although Duke doesn’t have … Continued
Craig Whitlock, a Duke alumnus who works as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, is this year’s winner of the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism. The award is presented annually by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy to a Duke alum who has excelled in media and communications. … Continued
“I’m a words guy, not a pictures guy,” Philip Bennett says halfway through our conversation about his work producing documentaries for PBS’ FRONTLINE. “I wanted to learn more.” Bennett is the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Journalism at Sanford. He is also the director of the Rutherfurd Living … Continued
Linda Williams is the most recent journalist to join the DeWitt Wallace faculty, and she is set on fulfilling the need for well-trained local government reporters. Williams is the former front page editor of The News & Observer, and she drew from her professional experience when creating the class “Writing the City Beat: Durham.” In … Continued
Last week, it was reported that Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for public broadcasting. Last year, 445 million dollars were allocated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Trump’s proposed budget allocates zero. We spoke with Philip Napoli, who joined our faculty in the summer of 2016, about what this means for local journalism. … Continued
“How We Got Here: The Rise of Political Polarization” event from Jan. 19 has been uploaded to Youtube! Featuring Professor Philip Bennett, Washington Post’s Chief Correspondent Dan Balz, and GQ Political Correspondent Jason Zengerle. Watch it here.
Professor Phil Bennett helped develop new software that allows viewers to directly interact with FRONTLINE’s documentary “Trump’s Road to the White House.” Viewers can see source documents for portions of the film as well as share specific parts directly to social media. The Nieman Lab reported on it here. The interactive script itself can … Continued
Missed the colloquium? Never fear! We have a full recording of the event here. Also, Philip Bennett (moderator of the colloquium) interviewed each panelist about standout encounters in their coverage of the election. Topics include: the alt-right ideology, interviewing Hillary Clinton via Snapchat, and how Trump resonated with the Midwest. Individual interviews can be found here. … Continued
Thursday, Sept. 22 Satire Festival’s kickoff panel highlights influence of political cartoons — or lack thereof Duke University’s Political Cartoon and Satire Festival began Thursday morning in Reynolds Theater, and an interesting thesis statement came out of the day’s first panel: Political cartoons may not have much influence over voters, after all. In a … Continued
Jeremy Bowers, a data journalist at the New York Times, has joined the DeWitt Wallace Center to teach the upcoming fall course “Journalism in the Age of Data.”The hands-on class will teach students how reporters gather and analyze data for articles about government and politics. Drawing from his work at the New York Times, Bowers … Continued
Twenty students from Duke’s 2016 graduating class earned the Policy Journalism & Media Studies certificate. Congratulations grads- We will miss you in the fall, and look forward to learning where life takes you from here! Let email@example.com know, if you’d like any of the photos taken at the graduation ceremony. The DeWitt … Continued
“He was here during Terry Sanford’s first years, and he really did guide that strategy for getting all kinds of press coverage at Duke. The difference between Duke before Sanford and Duke after Sanford is just astonishing in terms of the degree to which Duke was in the news.” Joel Fleishman
Laura C. Gentile, the Duke alumna who founded espnW, ESPN’s first business dedicated to women, is this year’s recipient of the Futrell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communications and Journalism.
“I love the fact that espnW [is] really filling a void, and one not everybody saw. That for future generations of athletes and young girls, they now have a place to look to see women doing amazing things. Not only as athletes, but leading from a business perspective and supporting one another and setting a different tone about the role that women can play in sports.”
The 2015 grad’s article for Towerview dissected the university’s decision-making in an episode that sparked protests and headlines.
I really love Duke, and because I love it I’m open to holding its leaders accountable.
A recent article in Nieman Reports cites Duke Reporters’ Lab research and projects, including fact-checking data, the Lab’s Share the Facts widget, and a new Lab partnership with the digital library Internet Archive to analyze 2016 campaign ads. See: The Future of Political Fact-Checking: New fact-checking projects use advanced technologies to automate and accelerate the … Continued
Senior Shannon Beckham knows the path from Duke to the White House. In three years, she’s gone from being a student in a DeWitt Wallace course to working in the office of presidential speechwriting. Here’s how she did it.
For a story on the phenomenon of juice cleanses, Shaker consumed 18 bottles of juice over three days — and lived to tell about it. For a magazine article on the Duke baseball team, Shaker tried out for the team even though he had never played the game before.