Colorado Media Alliance believes that nonpartisan and transparent fact-checking is the foundation of reputable journalism; conversely, unsourced or biased information can increase distrust in the media and pollute public understanding. 

Below are some nonpartisan fact-checking instruments that will help discern truth in media.



Center fOR nEWS literacy

stoney brook university school of journalism

News Literacy is a curriculum developed at Stony Brook University in New York over the past decade. It is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills in order to judge the reliability and credibility of information, whether it comes via print, television...

Colorado press women

Fact-checking resources 

“Our learning objective is to distinguish between emotional responses to information and logical analysis of information,” Genine Plunkett, manager of reference services, told the two-dozen CPW members and guests gathered in the library’s computer...


independent fact-checking

Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy...

A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches...

fact check

The web site was founded by David Mikkelson, a project begun in 1994 as an expression of his interest in researching urban legends that has since grown into the oldest and largest fact-checking site on the Internet, one widely regarded...

the washington post fact checker

The Truth Behind The Rhetoric

The purpose of this website, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local...


Poynter ifcn

international fact-checking network

This code of principles is for organizations that regularly publish nonpartisan reports on the accuracy of statements by public figures, major institutions, and other widely circulated claims of interest to society. It is the result of consultations among fact-checkers...



A List of Open Source Verification and Investigation Tools and Methods

The list includes satellite and mapping services, tools for verifying photos and videos, websites to archive hyperlinks, and much more. The list is long, and may seem daunting. There are guides at the end of the document, highlighting the methods and use of these tools in further detail...

The Aspen Institute Socrates Program

Finding the Truth in a Post-Truth World

Whether you want to deliver information that is objectively true, or simply do the work of being a citizen in the 21st century, how do you know what’s true? Content is coming at your eyeballs and eardrums nearly non-stop, from a vast array of sources...


Trust, Media and Democracy

renewing american's trust

Our democracy is suffering: misinformation is rampant, the news ecosystem is changing rapidly, and mistrust in the press is rising. Share your ideas on what we can do, as a society, to increase trust. 

American library association

Media Literacy @ Your Library

Media Literacy @ Your Library is a learning and prototyping project of the American Library Association (ALA). The goal of this project is to train library workers to better equip their adult patrons to be discerning news consumers...