For the fifth consecutive year, FactCheck.org has won the Webby Award for best politics website from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The 22nd Annual Webby Awards honor excellence on the internet, including websites, advertising, apps, videos, and more.
The 2018 Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and from 70 countries. Three million votes were cast from 240 countries for the People’s Voice Award in each category, which is determined by popular vote.
“We are honored that the judges at the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences recognized our work in a year when so much good work was accomplished by so many news organizations,” said FactCheck.org Director Eugene Kiely.
The other finalists in the News & Politics website category were the PBS NewsHour (which won the People’s Voice Award), The Perspective, The Intercept, and the Washington Post. The category is defined as “sites developed for the distribution of recent happenings,” which “may be offshoots of established broadcast or other existing news operations, or developed specifically for online news.”
Including this year’s recognition, FactCheck.org has won the judges’ Webby Award a total of nine times. FactCheck.org has also won the People’s Voice Award 10 times.
FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters. The site’s core mission is to “reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” The site fact-checks science-based claims via its SciCheck feature and exposes false viral claims through Ask FactCheck.