Adjunct Instructor of Journalism and Public Policy

Co-director, Duke Reporters’ Lab



142 Sanford Building



In The News

  • “Mark Stencel, Duke Reporters’ Lab: Political fact-checking on the rise.” USA Today, 2/18/2016. Article link


Mark Stencel is co-director of the Duke Reporters’ Lab and teaches journalism at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

He was NPR’s managing editor for digital news and held senior editing and executive management positions at The Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly. As a reporter, he covered science and technology in the Raleigh-Durham area for The News & Observer, one of the newspaper industry’s pioneering online publishers. He began his career as an assistant to Washington Post political columnist David S. Broder.

In addition to his consulting and research work for news media clients, he is the author of an American Press Institute report on the impact of political fact-checking ( and co-author of studies on the news industry’s evolution for the Duke Reporters’ Lab ( and CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism (

He has been a visiting faculty member and digital fellow at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a former board chair for the Student Press Law Center and an advisory board member for Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Soviet studies — but that was the year before the Soviet Union ceased to exist, so his credentials as a media “futurist” should be considered with journalistic skepticism.

  • PJMS 374S.01, ETHICS 374S, PUBPOL 357S, POLSCI 374S Watchdog Reporting in Politics (Fall 2018)