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“Fact-Checking Africa”: Epistemologies, data and the expansion of journalistic discourse
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4774-4643
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013). (Geomedia)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0501-2217
2018 (English)In: Digital Journalism, ISSN 2167-0811, E-ISSN 2167-082X, Vol. 6, no 8, p. 964-975Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The prominence of “fake news” today has sparked an open challenge to the legitimacy of traditional news media. As a result, a series of independent data-driven organisations are emerging to fact-check legacy news media as well as other news sources. This study examines how these actors advocate and adopt journalistic practice and the perceived impact they have on news journalism. We draw our data from in-depth interviews with 14 practitioners working in three organisations—Code for Africa, Open Up and Africa Check—that are currently leading major data and fact-checking operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Our findings show that while these non-journalistic actors are at the periphery of news media as institutions, their operations, activities and goals are at the heart of journalistic discourse. In their data strategies, they emerge as data advocates and activists seeking to reformulate fact-checking processes within news media.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 6, no 8, p. 964-975
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Africa Check, Code for Africa, fact-checking, journalistic discourse, legacy news media, Open Up
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-69727DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2018.1493940ISI: 000455679700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-69727DiVA, id: diva2:1257122
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