It's election season, and your brain is the target of one of the highest-stakes, most expensive influence campaigns in the world. What's the quality of the information you're getting? Where can you turn for a non-politicized breakdown of the facts, issues and money behind those election advertisements? Not just for the grand-scale national races, but at the local level? Newsdesk.org and The Public Press are teaming up with Spot.Us to connect you with the answers.
Increased voter awareness in San Francisco, through investigative coverage and fact-checking of local political advertisements (mail, Internet and broadcast), and the issues and money behind them. We plan on targeting a few specific issues and expanding our coverage opportunistically.
This is not an advocacy project. We will fact-check advertising from both sides of any single issue. Our coverage is nonpartisan and serves the voters, not vested political interests.
This reporting project will be researched and produced by a team of editors and reporters working with Newsdesk.org, The Public-Press.org and other partner organizations.
One succinct, context-rich news article per week from Labor Day to Election Day fact-checking the latest election ads, available for free to all readers and for republication and repurposing to other media (print, online, broadcast), distributed via a Creative Commons open license.