I fact check journalists and authors who contribute to various outlets. I have experience with all stages of the process, from reviewing the edited version, to evaluating complex source materials and interviewing sources, to identifying factual errors, logical flaws, and significant omissions, to overseeing the story through to the final proof. I work hard to ensure that the story is 110% accurate and everyone is pleased with the result.

I specialize in wildlife policy and the life sciences, including marine science, evolution, disease, and conservation biology. However, I’m capable of fact-checking other subject areas. Often the untrained eye can contribute just as much.

I regularly fact check science feature stories for the naturalist magazine Audubon and the investigative newsroom, The Counter, and I also conduct research on various projects for Consumer Reports magazine. I also regularly fact-check for podcasts, most recently with NPR’s narrative science show, Invisibilia, the Wall Street Journal’s news podcast, The Journal.

I also work with authors and publishers to fact-check book manuscripts with publishers such as Simon & Schuster and Little Brown. I am also capable of other types of fulfilling research needs, including travel and reporting. For instance, previous book projects have taken me to inside the MIT Media Lab, the Cold Harbor Clinic, the technology division of the Chicago Police Department.

Previously, I served as senior editorial researcher for Consumer Reports, where I worked on stories on everything from meaningful data visualizations to long-form features to original video productions. I worked closely with the art team to ensure graphics meaningfully enhanced our stories. Prior to that, I’ve worked as a researcher-reporter on staff at New York Magazine, fact-checked and contributed to the criminal justice beat as an editorial fellow for the Center for Public Integrity. I started fact-checking as an intern at the Financial Times.

If you're an editor who needs an extra set of eyes, or an author who has a book ready for fact-checking, I'd love to help out. Please send a note to me by email: joy.a.crane@gmail.com

Here is a selection of pieces I’m proud to have fact-checked: