Checking the Facts: Campaign coverage, online journalism and fact-checking in the 2016 Australian federal and US presidential election campaigns

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This report considers the current role and position of fact-checking in Australian political and election campaign journalism. This innovative journalistic approach, which has a long history in the United States, is only just over five years old in Australia – the first dedicated fact-checkers launched ahead of the 2013 federal election campaign. The report presents the results of a case study focusing on how three Australian and three United States legacy news organisations incorporated fact-checking into their online coverage of key events in national-level elections in 2016. The report finds that while fact-checking was consistently integrated throughout the US coverage, it was much less commonly taken up in Australia, with only the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) providing routine fact-checking of the campaign events studied. The report concludes with four key recommendations for Australian political journalists and legacy news media organisations to consider, discussed in detail in the final section.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherJournalism Education and Research Association of Australia
Commissioning bodyJournalism Education and Research Association of Australia Incorporated (JERAA)
Number of pages35
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • fact checking
  • election coverage
  • political journalism
  • Australian journalism
  • US journalism
  • online journalism
  • election campaigns

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