Citizen Beta #23: statistics, factchecking and data journalism

It’s taken me a couple of days to recover from the brilliant Citizen Beta we’ve just had. So much to process!

We were joined by Andy Dudfield from the Office for National Statistcs, Simon Rogers from Google, John Walton from the BBC, and Lev and I showed off some recent Full Fact work.

The audience was made up of journalists, technologists, civil servants and all round amazing folk.

Citizen Beta #23: statistics, factchecking and data journalism

On learning to code

This was a blogpost I originally wrote in 2015. To my amazement, it got to the top spot of HackerNews for a few hours. 

I’m learning to code. I’ve been on again off again with it for about two years now. But I’ve only very recently started to feel like I could actually achieve something. I had a lot of unlearning and confidence building to do first.

On learning to code

Crowdsourced Factchecking

In the current climate of information overload the demand for factchecking is increasing. Factcheckers are often small teams that struggle to keep up with the demand. In recent years, new organisations like WikiTribune have suggested crowdsourcing as an attractive and low-cost way for factchecking to scale.

I believe there’s a role for crowdsourced factchecking, but (so far) it’s not factchecking. Here’s my take.

Crowdsourced Factchecking