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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Election Integrity Project

Together we can help stop the spread of election misinformation and disinformation.

The Election Integrity Project is a nonpartisan initiative of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Journalism Ethics at UW–Madison in collaboration with First Draft and with the support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

The Project provides guidance to journalists and citizens on dealing with election misinformation and disinformation online and aims to counteract efforts that could strip citizens of their power through investigative reporting on voting issues in Wisconsin.

For the Media: Don’t Repeat the Myth

A local reporter’s toolkit for covering misinformation and disinformation on social media.

Exploring the fast-paced, facts-optional and sort of sticky-feeling world of the social web can be an overwhelming experience for any reporter. The good news is that people tend to trust local sources of information. As a recognizable local reporter, you have the public’s good faith on your side, and by monitoring social media for potentially harmful falsehoods, you have a way to create important service journalism on its behalf.

How Citizens & Media Consumers Can Stem the Tide of Election Misinformation

A citizen’s toolkit for navigating the facts-optional world of social media.

Information comes at you so fast on social media that it’s hard to know what to believe. Even those with special training on how to track false and misleading content are regularly disoriented by what they see on the social web. This guide will show you how to identify misinformation and disinformation online, as well as what to do when a family member or friend is spreading misinformation.

Help Us Support Election Integrity

Are you interested in amplifying our stories and resources within your networks? Please send us an email at ethics@journalism.wisc.edu and we’ll add you to our growing list of people and organizations partnering with us on outreach.