Madison station recognized for fact-checking

Jessica Arp

A Madison TV station is getting recognition for the fact-checking it did during the midterm elections.

Poynter interviewed WISC-TV’s Jessica Arp about the station’s Reality Check project, which it called one of the oldest local fact-checking projects in the country.

Arp told Poynter that Reality Check is what viewers talk to her about the most.

“We feel strongly, as a station and a company, that this is part of our political brand and this takes us one step further than the horse race coverage that most of the other people in our market and the people in statewide news coverage don’t go,” she told Poynter.

The interview was part of an article about local fact-checking, which states that there was little election-related fact checking in most markets during the recent campaign season.