Mumbrella video hangout talks fact-checking

Mumbrella this afternoon hosted a live video hangout with the bosses of Australia’s three new fact checking services.

The guests included Peter Fray editor-in-chief of Politifact AustraliaElection FactCheck’s Gay Alcorn and the ABC fact checking unit presenter John Barron.

The hangout came only a day after PolitiFact Australia revealed a tie-up with Fairfax Media. The former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald Peter Fray announced his new political fact-checking organisation PolitiFact Australia will partner with his former employer, ahead of the 2013 Federal Election.

Politifact Australia, which has previously agreed a partnership with Seven News, says this partnership will allow it to bring content to Fairfax mastheads including the SMH, The Age, The Canberra Times, and PolitiFact is a local version of the US service which launched in 2010.

On the new partnership Fray said: “It’s great to be working with Fairfax’s terrific team again. The rigour and disciplined approach that PolitiFact is known for is a natural fit with Fairfax journalism, which has boasted the very same attributes for almost two centuries.”

Garry Linnell, Fairfax’s director of news, said: “We respect the independence, integrity and innovation that PolitiFact brings to the table.”


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