ProPublica introduced Monday that it has employed reporter Craig Silverman to cowl voting, platforms, disinformation and on-line manipulation.
He begins on Could 10.
Silverman involves ProPublica from BuzzFeed Information, the place he held the title of media editor and produced a string of main investigative tales about misinformation, faux information and the unfettered energy of social media networks. This 12 months, he and Ryan Mac received the George Polk Award for enterprise reporting for tales exhibiting how Fb was gradual to take away extremist content material, along with firing a whistleblower who decided that the corporate favored right-wing publishers whereas disregarding one other who detailed how faux accounts have been undermining the democratic course of in India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and the U.S.
Silverman has lengthy ranked among the many pioneers of journalism on media distortion and its impact on politics. He was awarded a spot on the Politico 50 in 2017 for being a faux information watchdog, and he acquired the 2018 Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Affiliation, which honors “a serious journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”
Earlier than that, Craig based Emergent.information, a rumor monitoring undertaking developed as a part of a analysis fellowship with the Tow Middle for Digital Journalism at Columbia College. His analysis resulted within the publication of “Lies, Rattling Lies, and Viral Content material: How Information Web sites Unfold (and Debunk) On-line Rumors, Unverified Claims and Misinformation.” From 2004 to 2015, Craig wrote Remorse The Error, a weblog about media accuracy and corrections, which turned a part of the Poynter Institute for Media Research and was the premise for an award-winning guide of the identical title. He’s additionally the previous managing editor of PBS MediaShift and edits the Verification Handbook collection for the European Journalism Centre.
“Algorithms, social media and platforms play central roles in our democracy, and we’re thrilled to have Craig on our workforce to assist us maintain the giants of expertise accountable — notably in the case of their position in spreading the disinformation and misinformation that impacts elections,” ProPublica Managing Editor Robin Fields stated in an announcement. “Not solely does he have a observe document of touchdown revelatory tales about abuses of energy, he has a deep understanding of how expertise works, bringing extra digital investigative expertise and approaches to our newsroom.”