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The facts are the story

20 August 2013

Peter Clarke talks to Fact Check presenter John Barron about the ABC’s newest project

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Plenty of facts for everyone: Tony Abbott campaigning in Sydney today. Saeed Khan/AAP

Plenty of facts for everyone: Tony Abbott campaigning in Sydney today. Saeed Khan/AAP



LAST week, the ABC’s Fact Check unit joined two similar projects – Politifact, the Australian branch of the longstanding US organisation, and the Conversation’s Election FactCheck – in the election campaign fray. Late to the party, the ABC’s unit also faces pressures that its two counterparts don’t have to contend with. In this podcast, Peter Clarke talks to ABC Fact Check presenter John Barron about the how and why of the ABC’s newest project. Peter Clarke writes about the interview at No Fibs.

Also discussed in this podcast…

• In the Guardian Australia, Bronwen Clune discusses the new fact-checking projects

At the King’s Tribune, Tim Dunlop discusses the explosion of fact-checking sites in Australia

The Columbia Journalism Review interviews Gay Alcorn, chief fact-checker at the Conversation

Fact-checking at the New Yorker

Profile of Amelia Lester, managing editor of the New Yorker

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