Rita Allen SupportedPrize Goes In Part To Vanderbilt Project Intended To Combat Fake News
Combating fake news and bolstering the public’s trust in journalism is the aim of a Vanderbilt research project that was selected to receive a share of a $1 million prize through the Knight Prototype Fund.
After a call for entries in March, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, along with the Democracy Fund and the Rita Allen Foundation, selected 20 projects from more than 800 submissions. The winners were announced at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Phoenix.
Vanderbilt’s winning submission received $50,000 in funding. It is a partnership with CrossCheck, a collaborative journalism project that was devised and developed by First Draft and Google News Lab to combat misinformation during the most recent French election. News organizations across Europe and the world worked collaboratively to sift through French election stories and debunk those that were false. . .