The has announced grants totaling $1 million for projects focused on combating the spread of misinformation online.
In March, the foundation, in partnership with the and the , issued an open call for ideas around the question: How might we improve the flow of accurate information? On Thursday, in conjunction with the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Phoenix, the foundation announced grants of $50,000 each to twenty projects designed to combat the spread of misinformation online and improve the flow of accurate information in the media. Awarded through the Knight Prototype Fund, a program focused on iterative and human-centered approaches to solving difficult problems, the grants will fund efforts aligned with three broad themes — citizen journalism and news engagement; media, news, and information literacy; and fact checking.
Selected from more than eight hundred applicants, the recipients include the 's , which will use the funds to develop a course curriculum and tools designed to teach readers how to assess quantitative information and combat misinformation; the News Inequality Project, which will use its grant to develop a Web-based analytics dashboard that helps media organizations and community organizers understand how and how often different communities are covered in news outlets; Veracity.ai, which is creating lists of "fake news" websites and easy-to-deploy tools that allow ad buyers to block, in bulk, domains that propagate misinformation; and 's Facts Matter, which is working to improve trust in fact-checking through in-person events, a mobile game, and a study of the language used in fact-checking reports to determine their effect on perceptions of trustworthiness.