CLAIMBUSTER

"ClaimBuster, a fact-checking platform, uses natural language processing and supervised learning to detect important factual claims in political discourses. The claim spotting model is built using a human-labeled dataset of check-worthy factual claims from the U.S. general election debate transcripts." Read academic paper here.

FUNDING

"The research and development of ClaimBuster has been partially supported by National Science Foundation grants 1408928, 1565699, 1719054, a Knight Prototype Fund from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a subaward from the Duke Tech & Check Cooperative (funded by The Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project and the Craig Newmark Foundation), and the University of Texas at Arlington."

Submitted by: Evangéline de Bourgoing

DEEPNEWS.AI

"The news media’s economic landscape is devastated. Over the last fifteen years, newsrooms across the Western world have lost half their workforce. Profits have evaporated, resources for reporting have dwindled, and investment in technology has been desperately low. Deepnews.ai wants to make a decisive contribution to the sustainability the information ecosystem in two ways:

On the economic side - Currently, there is no correlation between the cost of producing great content and its economic value. A story that required months of work and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to report and edit carries the same unitary value (a few dollars per thousand page views) as a gossipy article about the Kardashians.
But times are changing. In the digital ad business, indicators are blinking red: CPMs, click-through rates, and viewability are on a steady downward decline. We believe that inevitably, advertisers and marketers will seek refuge in havens of high-quality content—as long as they can rely on a credible indicator of quality. Deepnews.ai aims to provide this gauge.

On the editorial side - The ability to assess the quality of news will open up a vast array of opportunities for new products and services."

FUNDING

Various: https://www.deepnews.ai/#partners

Submitted by: Evangéline de Bourgoing

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DUKE TECH & CHECK COOPERATIVE

"The Duke Tech & Check Cooperative will bring together teams from universities and the Internet Archive to develop new ways to automate fact-checking and broaden the audience for this important new form of journalism.

During the two-year project, computer scientists and journalism faculty from Duke, the University of Texas at Arlington and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo will build a variety of new tools and apps. Some will help journalists with time-consuming reporting tasks, such as mining transcripts, media streams and social feeds for the most important factual claims. Others will provide instant pop-up fact-checking during live events.

The Reporters’ Lab will also coordinate and share its automation efforts with journalists and computer scientists across the country and around the world."

FUNDING

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project and the Craig Newmark Foundation

Submitted by: Evangéline de Bourgoing

JOURNALISM TRUST INITIATIVE

"An innovative media self-regulatory initiative designed to combat disinformation online – called the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) – launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and its partners Agence France Presse (AFP), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Global Editors Network (GEN).

JTI is designed to promote journalism by adherence to an agreed set of trust and transparency standards to be developed and implemented. This will happen by means of the so-called Workshop Agreement of the European Centre of Standardization (CEN), which was open on 3 April 2018 for participation of interested stakeholders, for example media outlets, professional associations and unions, self-regulatory entities like press councils and regulatory bodies, as well as digital platforms, advertisers and consumer interest representatives."

FUNDING

Funding Unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

FULL FACT

"Full Fact is the UK’s independent  factchecking charity.

We provide free tools, information and advice so that anyone can check the claims we hear from politicians and the media."

FUNDING

Funding:

https://fullfact.org/about/funding/

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

SERELAY

"Our patented (pat. pend.) capture technology utilises a mobile device's sensor readings and security infrastructure to create a new class of metadata which can be used for authentication purposes.

Any trusted media file produced by a Serelay-compliant solution will always be backward compatible and will work seamlessly with existing software applications and electronic devices."

FUNDING

Support from: CSIT Labs, Digital News Initiative, ESA Business Incubation Centre in Harwell, Innovate UK (taken from website)

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

ACCOUNTABILITY JOURNALISM PROJECT (API)

“Through research and partnerships, API studies specific ways to make fact-checking and accountability reporting more effective, transparent and far-reaching. Recent projects have included an examination of best practices by some of the country’s top accountability journalists; a summit to determine the future of fact-checking; training sessions around the country as well as the creation of a free online course on fact-checking (with the Poynter Institute); and a weekly newsletter with Poynter on fact-checking, verification and accountability journalism. API’s ongoing research on trust and transparency — a project with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research — also augments accountability efforts through research and survey data on creating trustworthy and accurate journalism.”

FUNDING

Democracy Fund.

(Past funding: The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Rita Allen Foundation)

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

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TRUSTING NEWS (RJI)

“How do people decide what news is trustworthy? And how can journalists influence what users consume and share? This site offers guidance on those questions, which are crucial in an era when journalists struggle to stand out in a minefield of misinformation.

With the help of 14 news outlets, we spent a year studying users’ reactions to social media strategies designed to enhance trust. What we’ve learned can help journalists influence what the public chooses to believe, and to pass along.”

FUNDING

Reynolds Journalism Institute

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

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NEWS CO/LAB

"The News Co/Lab discovers, develops, and distributes innovative tools and techniques aimed at helping people understand how news works in the digital age.

In a world saturated with data, where misinformation commands the stage alongside truthful and useful information, we focus primarily on the “demand side”  —  helping people better find, understand, act upon, and create credible news and information, and to share it with integrity.

The News Co/Lab experiments with new ways of advancing news awareness. We want to collaborate with teachers, journalists, librarians, technologists, civic leaders, among others  —  all who share our goals and want to work on this. We support the good work that others are already doing, and help them do more of it."

FUNDING

Facebook Journalism Project, News Integrity Initiative, Democracy Fund, and Rita Allen Foundation. ("Each funder invests in a portfolio of projects worth looking at.")

https://newscollab.org/about-us/

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

NEWS INTEGRITY INITIATIVE

“A group of tech industry leaders, academic institutions, non-profits and other organizations are jointly launching a $14 million fund to support the News Integrity Initiative, a global consortium focused on helping people make informed judgments about the news they read and share online.

The Initiative’s mission is to advance news literacy, to increase trust in journalism around the world, and to better inform the public conversation. The Initiative will fund applied research and projects, and convene meetings with industry experts.”

FUNDING

Facebook, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus, Mozilla and Betaworks.

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

GUIDE TO FAKE NEWS SITES (POLITIFACT)

“Using our experiences, we’ve been able to create our own fake news almanac. We want to help readers sort out fact from fiction on your social news feeds, so we compiled a list of every website on which we’ve found deliberately false or fake news stories since we started working along with Facebook — 156 in all.”

FUNDING

Funding: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/blog/2011/oct/06/who-pays-for-politifact/

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

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SOCIAL MEDIA HANDBOOK (SWEDISH RADIO)

“We have chosen to divide this manual into three main parts: dialogue, research and sharing. These three parts are interlinked, however. For example, it is difficult to spread one’s material without a dialogue, since dialogue is the basis of all activities in social media. Still, the division corresponds to the needs we generally have: we want to talk to our audience, we want to find better approaches and new ideas, and we want as many people as possible to have access to our work.”

FUNDING

Funding Unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

FACTMATA

"In 2018, Factmata will be launching a revolutionary news platform, dedicated to helping journalists, researchers and domain experts reach and inform the public. Our tools will help users work with our credibility-scoring artificial intelligence to discover, engage with, curate and share quality news content.

Users will be able to use our platform to do four things: Rapidly annotate and share news, curate and share collections of news content, and discover new content and track breaking news stories from high quality sources. At every step they’ll be aided by our monitoring platform, using cutting edge natural language processing and artificial intelligence to help spot rogue content."

FUNDING

Investors: https://factmata.com/about.html#about-investors

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

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FINDING THE TRUTH AMONGST FAKES (AJMI)

“The main aim of this new publication is to guide journalists on how to incorporate user-generated content (UGC) in news coverage ethically and successfully. Case studies on how news stories such as the Madaya crisis or a Dubai hotel fire were verified, and how post-Arab Spring news platforms bought into social media, are combined with best practices and tools to monitor social media, and verify images and video. Also, the publication discusses the essential ethical considerations that a journalist should always take into account when dealing with UGC.”

FUNDING

AlJazeera

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

SCHEMA.ORG

"Schema.org is a collaborative, community activity with a mission to create, maintain, and promote schemas for structured data on the Internet, on web pages, in email messages, and beyond.

Schema.org vocabulary can be used with many different encodings, including RDFa, Microdata and JSON-LD. These vocabularies cover entities, relationships between entities and actions, and can easily be extended through a well-documented extension model. Over 10 million sites use Schema.org to markup their web pages and email messages. Many applications from Google, Microsoft, Pinterest, Yandex and others already use these vocabularies to power rich, extensible experiences.

Founded by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yandex, Schema.org vocabularies are developed by an open community process, using the public-schemaorg@w3.orgmailing list and through GitHub.

A shared vocabulary makes it easier for webmasters and developers to decide on a schema and get the maximum benefit for their efforts. It is in this spirit that the founders, together with the larger community have come together - to provide a shared collection of schemas."

FUNDING

Funding Unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

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GOOGLE FACT CHECK (SUSPENDED)

"“For the first time, when you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page. The snippet will display information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim.”

Note: For more on the suspension read this from Poynter's Daniel Funke.

FUNDING

Google

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

InVID PROJECT

"InVID will build a platform providing services to detect, authenticate and check the reliability and accuracy of newsworthy video files and video content spread via social media.

This platform will enable novel newsroom applications for broadcasters, news agencies, web pure-players, newspapers and publishers to integrate social media content into their news output without struggling to know if they can trust the material or how they can reach the user to ask permission for re-use. It will ensure that verified and rights-cleared video content is readily available for integration into breaking and developing news reports. Validated by real customer pilots, InVID will help protecting the news industry from distributing fakes, falsehoods, lost reputation and … lawsuits."

FUNDING

"The InVID project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687786."

Submitted by: Fergus Bell

INTERNATIONAL STANDARD CONTENT CODE

"Currently, the media industry is still relying on identifiers that were designed for physical products such as printed books and magazines. However, traditional identifiers (like ISBN, ISSN or ISRC) fall short of the requirements for digital trade – and for individual journalistic articles they are missing altogether.

Freely accessible standard identifiers, which are specifically designed for digital content, are a fundamental prerequisite for transactions and sales activities in a digital and increasingly heterogeneous media environment.

With better identifiers for digital content, it will become more efficient to perform sales or other transactions and to report and account revenues or license fees back to the rights holders.

The Content Blockchain Project will design an open identifier for digital content and develop tools to create and register instances of that identifier on blockchain systems. Our working name is ISCC – International Standard Content Code."

FUNDING

Digital News Initiative, other funding unknown

Submitted by: Fergus Bell