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Let’s fight back against fake news

There’s an interesting discussion happening now about the spread of fake news on the Internet and what companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others, should do to stop it.

That’s a healthy conversation to have, and one we hope continues in the weeks and months ahead.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something now. Here at PolitiFact, we’re ...

We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker!

Good news PolitiFact supporters! We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker. Miriam Valverde started with us last week, and as one of her first assignments, we asked her to introduce yourself to you.

Miriam is hitting the ground running taking a look at the immigration proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and we expect that you’ll start seeing her work on ...

Come work for PolitiFact: We're hiring an immigration fact-checker

Come work for PolitiFact!

We’re hiring a fact-checker to focus on immigration issues for the rest of the 2016 campaign. We’re looking for someone who has political or policy reporting experience, loves research and isn’t afraid to call a claim True, False or Pants on Fire, based on what they find.

If you’ve reported on immigration and have a deep ...

PolitiFact names executive director

We're a bit late announcing this news, but I wanted to make everyone aware of some exciting staffing changes at PolitiFact.

Aaron Sharockman, who has been editing PunditFact, is PolitiFact's first executive director. Aaron will oversee PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assist in our journalistic mission, manage our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users ...

PolitiFact is looking for a reporter for 2016

PolitiFact, the national political fact-checking website, is looking for a reporter to help cover the 2016 presidential race, reporting and writing fact-checks of candidates, super PACs, pundits and other political players.

We’re looking for reporters with experience covering day-to-day politics and who can also handle a deep dive into policy. You’ll need the skills to synthesize research reports and a ...

PolitiFact is looking for new state partners for 2016

PolitiFact, which has affiliates in 10 current states, is looking to partner with news organizations to expand its reach ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

If your news organization is interested in becoming part of the PolitiFact family, email me at asharockman@politifact.com. I'll also be attending the Online News Association conference in Los Angeles and would love to ...

PolitiFact announces partnership with New Hampshire's Concord Monitor

PolitiFact New Hampshire welcomes the Concord Monitor as its new partner in fact-checking Granite State politics and the 2016 presidential primary.

Editors and reporters at the Monitor will run the site, publishing fact-checks and rulings on statements made by New Hampshire lawmakers, state officials and advocacy groups.

Together, the Monitor and PolitiFact will fact-check presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire in ...

A new look for PolitiFact

Coming soon, you’ll notice a new look at PolitiFact. Our site will work better on tablets and smart phones, so you can easily read our fact-checks when you’re on the go. The design will offer you a fresh new interface with simplified pages and larger fonts. And it will be easier to share our fact-checks on Facebook, Twitter and Google ...

Get the PolitiFact app, now optimized for iOs 7

Need the Truth when you’re on the go? Our PolitiFact Mobile app is now optimized for the new iOs 7 on your iPhone or iPad. It's also available for Android and Playbook. 

Our full-featured app offers you our latest national Truth-O-Meter rulings, the Obameter campaign promises tracker, and our analytical stories. Wired magazine chose PolitiFact Mobile as one of its ...

Aaron Sharockman named PunditFact Editor

PunditFact.com needs an editor as cool as the idea and that’s Aaron Sharockman.

Aaron will be the PunditFact editor, charting a course for the new website while supervising a staff of two reporters and writing his own items.

With spot-on political instinct and a natural TV personality, Aaron is the right person to launch this unique effort to hold accountable ...

New fact-checking study looks at local officials' reactions to fact-checks

More fact-checking -- especially at the state and local level -- could make politicians think twice before they decide to stretch the truth. That’s the interesting implication of a new study that looked how state legislators reacted to fact-checking efforts.

"The Effect of Fact-checking on Elites: A field experiment on U.S. state legislators" was conducted by Brendan Nyhan, an assistant professor ...

Angie Holan named PolitiFact Editor; Lou Jacobson named Deputy PolitiFact Editor

PolitiFact is growing by leaps and bounds and it needs a strong leader to take the helm as editor.

That leader is Angie Holan. Effective immediately, she is the PolitiFact Editor.

Angie is the heart and soul of our fact-checking venture, starting as a researcher in 2007, rising to reporter, becoming a leading expert on the health care law, taking ...

Responding to a George Mason University press release about our work

We’ve gotten questions this week from media reporters about a study from George Mason University on our work. Their press release claims that PolitiFact found that Republicans "lie more" than Democrats.

Actually, PolitiFact rates the factual accuracy of specific claims; we do not seek to measure which party tells more falsehoods.

The authors of the press release seem to have ...

PolitiFact wins Green Eyeshade Award for public service in online journalism

PolitiFact, the national politics fact-checking website of the Tampa Bay Times, has won a first place Green Eyeshade Awards in the category public service in online journalism.

The contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and now in its 63rd year, recognizes the best journalism in the southeastern United States. 

PolitiFact won for its fact-checking reports of the ...

Editor Bill Adair to leave PolitiFact

This summer we say goodbye to Bill Adair, founding editor of PolitiFact.

Adair, who helped create the Tampa Bay Times' prize-winning fact-checking site, will join Duke University as the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Times Editor Neil Brown announced Thursday.

A national search for the next PolitiFact editor will begin soon, Brown said. Adair ...