The Detroit Free Press primarily covers three counties in southeast Michigan, including robust coverage of the city of Detroit. Founded in 1831, it’s the oldest business in Detroit. Its role is to serve as watchdog and community convener. PolitiFact is a nonprofit newsroom housed at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida and is devoted to fact-checking American politics. Its mission is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.
Detroit Free Press/Politifact
Location: * Midwest, Michigan
Beat: Fact-checking of Michigan politicians during election season and beyond
Position: There is no ongoing fact-checking of Michigan issues or politics that we are currently aware of. Fact-checking is time-consuming and takes a sustained commitment of attention and resources. Michigan’s need for fact-checking is particularly critical because it has been identified as one of only four true “swing” states in the 2020 presidential election. We expect Michigan residents to be bombarded with political messaging in the latter half of 2020. Additionally, there is a Senate race in Michigan in 2020 that is widely considered a toss-up. A Michigan-based PolitiFact reporter will be located in the Free Press' newsroom but have the opportunity to work closely with editors in Detroit and at PolitiFact.
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