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Leslie Caughell, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department, received a $12,000 grant from the American Press Institute to support a research project related to fact-checking. Caughell was invited to present preliminary results from her research project, “It’s a Matter of Trust: Increasing the Efficacy of Fact-Checking Stories” to journalists, leaders of businesses and non-profit organizations and scholars at a summit in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. The summit, sponsored by the Poynter Institute, the American Press Institute and Duke Reporters Lab, was entitled “Fact-Checking: What Happened in 2016; Finding Our Way in 2017.” Over the summer, the American Press Institute published an article by Caughell on the topic and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University published an article about Caughell’s research. She will also be presenting her findings at the Journalism Interactive Conference in Maryland, October 20-21.