Churnalism is an independent, not-for-profit website built to help the public distinguish between journalism and ‘churnalism’. The term ‘churnalism’ was popularised by Nick Davies in Flat Earth News, and refers to articles which are essentially press releases without much added. The site’s ‘churn engine’ allows you to compare press releases with articles published by national newspaper websites, and BBC News and Sky News online, to see if they might be ‘churn’.


Compare press releases with national newspaper articles to see whether the articles are churnalism, rather than journalism. Our churn engine will tell you what percentage of the article is cut and pasted from a given press release.

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Churnalism API

If you’re a developer, and you’d like to play around with our data, visit the API.

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Churnalism on Twitter

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with the latest examples of churn and news about the site, follow the on twitter @churnalert.

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News about Churnalism

Read more about churnalism, in news and in blogposts, on the Media Standards Trust website.

More about churnalism