This site presents work from journalism and communication students at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Students select a tweet from the Twitter feed of InjusticeFacts for verification. They apply principles of journalism including credible attribution, verification and accuracy to determine the veracity of InjusticeFacts tweets. Dr. Matt J. Duffy, an assistant professor in the College of Communications and Media Sciences, chose this feed because it never includes sources to support its claims. The site boasts more than 144,000 followers, many in the Arab world, who often retweet these unverified claims.
Our site is based on the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website Politifact, which fact-checks statements from U.S. politicians and other officials.
Send inquiries to mattjduffy — at — gmail.com. Teachers are welcome to use this assignment in their courses. Instructions can be found here.
Journalism students at Zayed University have also launched the first international independent chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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