The awards, for work done in 2010, were announced at the APME's annual banquet in Birmingham Saturday.
The award was presented to The Anniston Star, which has led the project. But the real bragging rights go to a statewide team of journalists who came together in 2010 investigate the accuracy of campaign ads and stump speeches in a hotly contested election year.
Partners in Bama Fact Check include The Decatur Daily, The Dothan Eagle, The Florence Times Daily, The Opelika-Auburn News and The Tuscaloosa News. Together, the Bama Fact Check partners have done more than three dozen investigations into campaign ads and political statements.
An election year is a busy time for fact-checkers. And while the 2012 election is more than a year away, we're already starting to hear the campaign rhetoric machine rumbling back to life. From the start of the campaign, we'll be here to hold the candidates' feet to the fire and make sure they're telling the truth.