10 years of Nieuwscheckers

10 years of Nieuwscheckers
by Ferre WOUTERS for FactCheckNI
25 January 2019

Nieuwscheckers is a Dutch project for students in journalism at the University of Leiden. Supervised by lecturers Peter Burger and Alexander Pleijter, students monitor the media looking for statements or articles that make their eyebrows frown. Once such a claim is found, they ask the journalist who published the claim to clarify on which it is based. Students then investigate this and publish their conclusion online. Continue reading 10 years of Nieuwscheckers

Over 1 million lights in Lisburn?

CLAIM: Over one million lights will illuminate Lisburn city centre during a seasonal festival.

CONCLUSION: Marketing material for Lisburn Light Festival considerably overestimates the number of lights in the organised display. Our visual estimate of the main components suggests that there are around 200,000 lights, far short of the “over one million lights” estimate. Continue reading Over 1 million lights in Lisburn?

What is fact checking and why is it important?

What is fact checking and why is it important?
by FactCheckNI
16 November 2018

WHAT IS FACT CHECKING?

The Oxford Dictionary describes fact checking as a process seeking to “investigate (an issue) in order to verify the facts”. However, while instructive, this necessarily concise definition is limited in its understanding of the practical outworkings of what constitutes fact checking, the variation and scope of its practices, as well as the factors and social, political and cultural contexts in which fact checking has become an established practice. Continue reading What is fact checking and why is it important?

Earning trust “story by story”

Earning trust “story by story”:
Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age
by Allan LEONARD for FactCheckNI
4 October 2018

Ulster University — along with the UK press regulatory body, Impress, and the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) — jointly hosted a symposium event at its Belfast campus: “Can we believe the media? The role of journalism in the digital age”. Keynote speakers were Jonathan Heawood (Chief Executive Officer, Impress) and Peter Feeney (Press Ombudsman, Press Council of Ireland). Continue reading Earning trust “story by story”

Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?

The following article is republished with kind permission from Anne HAILES; it was originally published at Irish News.

Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?
by Anne HAILES for Irish News
26 March 2018

WHAT can we believe these days? It’s obvious we’re being fed misinformation – sometimes by accident, more often by intent – and Donald Trump, with his accusations of fake news, has brought the subject right into the limelight. Do we just ignore it? Do we challenge it? Continue reading Anne Hailes: Are we really facing the facts when it comes to news these days?