The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
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Truth Teller — a mobile and desktop news application that captures, analyzes and fact checks events and speeches as they happen.
Crowd-sourcing and fact-checking are not new. But doing both in real time, through existing social networks, is unprecedented and would profoundly alter what leaders say and what people know.
The application would convert political speech to text that could be parsed in real time to determine semantic intent and context that would be compared to the news organization’s data and Wikipedia with an algorithm to determine a level of truth. The truth level of the speaker’s sentence would be displayed on the live video as soon as the sentenced finished with a link to access the data that determined the truth level. Reaction from Twitter would also be displayed.
One of the biggest complaints about political coverage is that it allows untruths to go unchecked. This instantly dices the rhetoric and calls out statements that do not reflect reality. News organizations attempt to do a lot of this now manually. This would be an instant value in the newsgathering space and also add a real-time journalism layer to the increased world of in-the-moment news productions. For the mobile app build, it is convenient, immediate, simple and sharable and would reach corners of the world where other live streams may not be available to be checked.
5. Who is working on it? [100 words]
A cross functional team at the Washington Post that could expand, if needed, with funding.
Cory Haik, Executive producer, news innovation
Steven Ginsberg, National Political editor
Yuri Victor, UX Director
TJ Orentzi, Senior social media editor
6. What part of the project have you already built? [100 words]
The Post currently has a strong fact-checking brand on our site (http://wapo.st/zQed5i), and we already do crowd-sourced fact-checking around live events (http://wapo.st/xPHG3S), though these are manual and not in real time. We have seen success with engagement on these productions. The Post is committed to stretching this into a real-time, crowd-sourced and programmatic entity.