Celebrated American Journalist Bill Adair on PolitiFact

3 May 2013

The founder of the US PolitiFact project will visit Australia for the first time next week to discuss with local journalists how to use fact-checking to revolutionise political reporting.

Bill Adair, an award-winning Washington Bureau Chief for The Tampa Bay Times, will explain the growth of fact-checking and the successful model behind his online initiative, PolitiFact, at a special lunchtime seminar at the University of Sydney on Monday 6 May.

The PolitiFact project rates the veracity of political statements according to a six-point scale. Using a team of investigative journalists trawling through thousands of webpages, it harnesses the internet to verify political claims and hold politicians to account over their rhetoric. This initiative was at the centre of The St Petersburg Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Adair will soon bring his project to the local media context, visiting Australia before the upcoming launch of PolitiFact Australia. His seminar comes just one week after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's announcement that it will create its own dedicated fact-checking team, as the issue of fact-checking gains momentum ahead of the federal election in September.

Hosted by Adjunct Professor Peter Fray, Editor-in-Chief of PolitiFact Australia, 'The Rise of Fact Checking with Bill Adair' event is presented by the Department of Media and Communications as part of their Media@Sydney seminar series, in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.


What: The Rise of Fact Checking with Bill Adair, Politifact

When: 11am - 1pm, Monday 6th May

Where: Rogers Room, Ground level, Woolley Building A20, University of Sydney

RSVP: Bookings made to Madeleine King.

About Bill Adair

Bill Adair is creator and founding editor of PolitiFact and will remain a contributing editor when he joins Duke University as a Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy. He also serves as the Washington Bureau Chief for the Tampa Bay Times and as an adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute. He has worked in Washington since 1997 and has covered Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, national politics and aviation safety. He is the winner of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award and the Manship Prize for New Media in Democratic Discourse.

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