The Fact-Checking Project was created to provide free fact-checking resources for journalists around the world. We’ve designed our materials especially for fact-checkers, journalists, newsrooms, and journalism professors.
Our focus is editorial fact-checking, which is a quality control applied inside a newsroom before a story publishes. (This is not to be confused with political fact-checking, a watchdog practice that checks claims from politicians and other public figures.) In its strictest sense, editorial fact-checking involves a dedicated person — that is, not the journalist or editor — who double-checks each fact and claim in an article. The fact-checker will also evaluate how the individual bits of information hang together to make a truthful story.
We offer in-person workshops, online academic modules, materials to help set up or reinforce fact-checking departments, and a database of fact-checkers available for work. The materials will be useful for journalists covering almost any topic, with a particular focus on science, health care, technology, and the environment.
The Fact-Checking Project is maintained by the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, and funded with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.