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Wayland High School Library: Fact Checking Websites

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Fact Checking is Crucial

Technology today gives us unlimited access to information, which can be positive. Technology also allows people to easily manipulate information through changing the text, audio, or video. We have now reached a point where seeing is no longer believing? How do we determine what is reliable, credible, and factual? These fact checking websites can help you figure that out! 

Washington Post Fact Checker

The purpose of this website, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local. 

Media Wise

Poynter specializes in:

  • Ethics & Fact-checking
  • Reporting & Storytelling
  • Advancing Newsroom Diversity
  • Developing Journalism's Leaders
  • Strengthening Local News Companies

NPR Fact Checker

The mission of NPR, in partnership with its member stations, is to create a more informed public, one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and culture within the United States and across the globe.

Politifact

Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

Factcheck.org

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

Teen Fact Checking Network

The MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN) publishes daily fact-checks for teenagers, by teenagers. The program is a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

Snopes

When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust, Snopes’ fact-checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always link to and document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.

Open Secrets

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, OpenSecrets is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Our mission is to track the flow of money in American politics and provide the data and analysis to strengthen democracy.