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Fact-checkers as Entrepreneurs

Singer, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5777-9065 (2020). Fact-checkers as Entrepreneurs. In: Gutsche Jr., R. E. & Brennen, B. (Eds.), Journalism Research in Practice: Perspectives on Change, Challenges and Solutions. . Abingdon, UK: Routledge.


Populism and personalisation – the first driven by a sense of alienation from dominant political forces, and the second by increasingly sophisticated tools for tailoring information production and consumption–have created unprecedented truth-telling challenges for journalists. One response has been a global surge in “fact-checking”enterprises, some backed by established news outlets and others entrepreneurial in nature. This study of journalistic fact-checkers investigates audience development and engagement in a time of fragmentation and filter bubbles; value propositions in a fiercely competitive environment; and the resources needed to keep the lightsshining –both the metaphorical spotlight on those in powerand, literally, the light on the office ceiling.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Journalism Research in Practice: Perspectives on Change, Challenges and Solutions on 2020, to be available online:
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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