Cross Check, First Draft, France/United Kingdom
CrossCheck France was launched in February 2017 to create a real-time collaborative verification service before the French presidential election. It brought together 37 local, regional and national newsrooms in France, as well as three from the UK (including the BBC) and one from Belgium.. CrossCheck debunked 64 stories on their website in French and English and spread infographics and videos on their Facebook page and Twitter account. The project trained 12 project editors, who were selected among final year or recently graduated journalism students. They were placed in twelve of the partnering newsrooms, and they were managed by an editor-in-chief. The overall editorial partner was Agence France Press and further partners included French newspaper “Le Monde”, Google News Lab and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).