The FACCTMedia project, funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (PID2019- 106367GB-I00), proposes to examine how accountability instruments evolve and adapt to deal with the problem of misinformation and identify which accountability mechanisms have recently created for this purpose.
The concept of accountability refers to the commitment of the media to respond to society for their professional practice. This concept of accountability is specified in three key dimensions: transparency, self-regulation, and audience participation. Currently, one of the tasks that the media must perform when being accountable to the public is to fight against misinformation. This objective stands as a key challenge in the coming years to overcome the crisis of confidence in journalism.
This research seeks to deepen the innovative verification methodologies, editorial criteria, and publication strategies that are being carried out by the media, academia, and independent information verification platforms at the Spanish and international level. This detailed knowledge will serve as a starting point to formulate a methodological and curricular proposal that allows introducing news verification modules in Spanish universities.
FACCTMedia is related to ODS 16 “Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies” and specifically is related to goals 16.6 “Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels” and 16.10 “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”.
Finally, it should be noted that FACCTMedia is led by Ruth Rodríguez Martínez and Marcel Mauri de los Ríos and has the participation of researchers from eight different universities in Spain and Germany. In addition, it continues the line of research previously developed in the project “Accountability and Journalistic Cultures in Spain. Impact and proposal of good practices in the Spanish media ”(MediaACES), funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CSO2015-66404-P).