Independent fact-checkers are the first line of defense against misinformation.
They debunk fake news stories, fact-check politicians’ statements and partner with technology companies to limit the spread of falsehoods. They tell people what’s true and what’s false on a daily basis. And they ask the public to trust them to make those decisions.
But are fact-checking outlets representative of their diverse readers?
According to a Poynter analysis of fact-checking outlets around the world, about 41% of fact-checkers are women. In more than half of the individual organizations analyzed, women made up less than 50% of the editorial staff.
To calculate those numbers, we looked at the public staff pages for 36 signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles. Gender was determined by analyzing the pronouns used in fact-checkers’ staff descriptions and social media bios. Then, we tallied the number of men and women per organization.
And it isn’t just fact-checking staffers that are predominantly men. When looking at the heads of each fact-checking site surveyed, women are further outnumbered.
Poynter found that about 71% of fact-checking sites are run by men. Our analysis only included one top leader, such as an executive director, founder or editor-in-chief, per fact-checking site. (Disclosure: The director of the IFCN is a man.)
While striking, our data is limited.
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/fact-checking/2019/men-outnumber-women-in-u-s-newsrooms-its-no-different-among-fact-checkers/