I want facts. And that means that often, some of my most productive reading is on blogs.
Bloggers (unpaid, writing in their spare time, dismissed as hobbyists by “proper” journalists) produce the goods often enough to keep me coming back. Whether its Tony Humphreys‘ views on autism, a questionable advertising claim, or alleged social welfare fraud, the bloggers got there first, taking on the stories in the “mainstream” narrative.
Whenever twitter introduces me to a new fact-checking blog, I bookmark and add it to the list.
I’ve pitched variations on a fact-checking column several times (Simon McGarr suggested calling it Reality Check) with limited success. I’ve sold a few stories checking specific claims, but it remains a dream.
Today, I was chatting with Colin McGovern. We thought it might be a good idea to bring some of the fact-checking bloggers together.
Group blogging overcomes one of the problems with blogging. A single blogger fact-checking stories in her spare time can generate maybe one or two updates a week. Several bloggers working together can produce regular updates.
And let’s be honest, there’s a lot of raw material out there.
So would you be interested in joining Reality Check? Let us know.
PS: Since I’ve had a couple of inquiries, I should add that if you’d rather not have your name pubhlised below for all to see, I will happily accept any expressions of interest privately in email also: firstname.lastname@example.org