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PolitiFact’s policy on political activity and our staff

At PolitiFact, our credibility rests on our ability to present the true facts, unaffected by any agenda or biases. As part of that effort, we avoid the public expression of political opinion and public involvement in the political process.

PolitiFact staffers don’t sign online petitions or post candidate yard signs. We don’t participate in political marches. We don’t make political ...

PolitiFact now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network

As part of our ongoing efforts to champion the values of accuracy, transparency and fairness, PolitiFact is now a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles.

The principles are aimed at defining common attributes for excellence in fact-checking around the world.

Here are the network’s five principles and a brief explanation of how PolitiFact adheres to each ...

PolitiFact's Louis Jacobson wins SABEW award for 2016 campaign reporting

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers has honored PolitiFact senior correspondent Louis Jacobson for a series of stories on the 2016 campaign.

Jacobson, 46, won for economics coverage in the small staff category of SABEW's annual Best in Business competition. (SABEW defines small staff as fewer than 50 and PolitiFact has 10.) His entries focused on the minimum ...

PolitiFact internships FAQ

Interested in interning for PolitiFact? We have a few different avenues for internships; all follow a competitive application process. Interns work out of either Washington, D.C., or St. Petersburg, Fla. We look for college students with journalism experience, published work, a commitment to independent thinking and a willingness to work hard.

The PolitiFact summer internship: We accept one intern ...

PolitiFact is looking for a reporter

Editor's note, April 25, 2017: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Keep an eye on our blog for future openings. 

Do you think words matter? Are you savvy when it comes to sorting out real facts from the alternative ones? Are you independent enough to call out anyone, anywhere, who distorts the truth?

If so, you ...

Archived version: Who pays for PolitiFact

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PolitiFact is an independent fact-checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper to sort out the truth in American politics. PolitiFact is funded primarily by the Tampa Bay Times and the ad revenues generated on PolitiFact’s website. PolitiFact also relies on grants from nonpartisan organizations. PolitiFact ...

Let’s fight back against fake news

There’s an interesting discussion happening now about the spread of fake news on the Internet and what companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, among others, should do to stop it.

That’s a healthy conversation to have, and one we hope continues in the weeks and months ahead.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something now. Here at PolitiFact, we’re ...

We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker!

Good news PolitiFact supporters! We’ve hired our immigration fact-checker. Miriam Valverde started with us last week, and as one of her first assignments, we asked her to introduce yourself to you.

Miriam is hitting the ground running taking a look at the immigration proposals of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and we expect that you’ll start seeing her work on ...

Come work for PolitiFact: We're hiring an immigration fact-checker

Come work for PolitiFact!

We’re hiring a fact-checker to focus on immigration issues for the rest of the 2016 campaign. We’re looking for someone who has political or policy reporting experience, loves research and isn’t afraid to call a claim True, False or Pants on Fire, based on what they find.

If you’ve reported on immigration and have a deep ...

PolitiFact names executive director

We're a bit late announcing this news, but I wanted to make everyone aware of some exciting staffing changes at PolitiFact.

Aaron Sharockman, who has been editing PunditFact, is PolitiFact's first executive director. Aaron will oversee PolitiFact’s operations, development and revenue, assist in our journalistic mission, manage our state partnerships and lead efforts to develop new products for PolitiFact users ...

PolitiFact is looking for a reporter for 2016

PolitiFact, the national political fact-checking website, is looking for a reporter to help cover the 2016 presidential race, reporting and writing fact-checks of candidates, super PACs, pundits and other political players.

We’re looking for reporters with experience covering day-to-day politics and who can also handle a deep dive into policy. You’ll need the skills to synthesize research reports and a ...

PolitiFact is looking for new state partners for 2016

PolitiFact, which has affiliates in 10 current states, is looking to partner with news organizations to expand its reach ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

If your news organization is interested in becoming part of the PolitiFact family, email me at asharockman@politifact.com. I'll also be attending the Online News Association conference in Los Angeles and would love to ...

PolitiFact announces partnership with New Hampshire's Concord Monitor

PolitiFact New Hampshire welcomes the Concord Monitor as its new partner in fact-checking Granite State politics and the 2016 presidential primary.

Editors and reporters at the Monitor will run the site, publishing fact-checks and rulings on statements made by New Hampshire lawmakers, state officials and advocacy groups.

Together, the Monitor and PolitiFact will fact-check presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire in ...

A new look for PolitiFact

Coming soon, you’ll notice a new look at PolitiFact. Our site will work better on tablets and smart phones, so you can easily read our fact-checks when you’re on the go. The design will offer you a fresh new interface with simplified pages and larger fonts. And it will be easier to share our fact-checks on Facebook, Twitter and Google ...

Get the PolitiFact app, now optimized for iOs 7

Need the Truth when you’re on the go? Our PolitiFact Mobile app is now optimized for the new iOs 7 on your iPhone or iPad. It's also available for Android and Playbook. 

Our full-featured app offers you our latest national Truth-O-Meter rulings, the Obameter campaign promises tracker, and our analytical stories. Wired magazine chose PolitiFact Mobile as one of its ...