November 16, 2017
Research on CrossCheck journalists and readers suggests positive impact for project
In-depth interviews and surveys found that the collaboration was credible, and taught verification skills
CrossCheck is an online verification collaboration that began in February 2017. Our first project brought together 37 newsroom partners in France and the UK to help report false, misleading and confusing claims that circulated online in the ten weeks leading up to the French Presidential election.
The aim of CrossCheck is to provide the public with the necessary information to form their own conclusions about the information they receive. By working collaboratively, we hope to more quickly ascertain what is not factual or reliable, and to give that information to newsrooms and the public.
CrossCheck was created to help French voters get verified information in order to make informed decisions at the polls. The project is also a laboratory where we hope to learn, among other things, if collaborative projects are helpful to the public, and to report the challenges and opportunities of collaborative journalism.