Checking The Facts

JERAA is pleased to publish a major research report on fact-checking, completed as a result of a successful 2016 JERAA Research Grant by Dr Stephanie Brookes from Monash University.

Download Checking the Facts (PDF document 512Kb)

By Dr Stephanie Brookes

Campaign coverage, online journalism and fact-checking in the 2016 Australian Federal and US Presidential election campaigns’.


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.

JERAA urges the US to drop charges and return Assange to Australia
read more
Grace Nakamura wins 2023 Journalism Student of the Year
read more