Fact Checking California Journalism
Fact-checking journalism comes to California’s public radio airwaves and websites this summer with the launch of PolitiFact California, a partnership of Capital Public Radio and PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning website started by the Tampa Bay Times.
“We’ve found a great partner with Capital Public Radio to bring innovative fact-checking journalism to California voters around the state,” said PolitiFact Editor Angie Drobnic Holan.
The agreement marks a new chapter as the first PolitiFact state website launched in partnership with a radio news organization.
“This first-of-its-kind media partnership with PolitiFact is a natural fit for our role as a watchdog of California state government,” said Joe Barr, director of news and information for Capital Public Radio. “As the capitol press corps in Sacramento continues to dwindle, we’re proud to enhance our Capitol coverage.”
The partnership will launch in the summer of 2015, just in time for the 2016 political season, at www.politifact.com/california.
PolitiFact California reports will be distributed to more than 30 radio stations in and near California, reaching 3.2 million listeners each week through the Capital Public Radio Network.
PolitiFact California’s journalism also will be featured and promoted on PolitiFact.com, joining seven other PolitiFact state-based fact-checking websites. Those state sites include partnerships with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin American-Statesman, the Concord Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Providence Journal.