Agência Lupa

Organization: Agência Lupa
Applicant: Natalia Leal
Assessor: Sergio Lüdtke
Conclusion and recommendations
on 13-Feb-2017 (2 years ago)

Sergio Lüdtke wrote:

Accept 

on 13-Feb-2017 (2 years ago)

Sergio Lüdtke recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Here is Agência Lupa's official tax certificate at the Brazilian Government (in Portuguese). The company exists since February 2016, has its own office in Rio de Janeiro and a team of four journalists. Here is the link with our CNPJ information: http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/01/Comprovante-de-Inscrição-e-de-Situação-Cadastral.pdf

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Agência Lupa is duly registered. The website is active and fact checking is regularly done on the website and social networking profiles. In addition, the agency disseminates the work of fact checkers from other countries.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The signatory regularly publishes reports that exceed the average of one report per week in the last three months as evidenced by the submitted links. The agency compares data released and considers several sources of information for checking.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Between August and October 2016, Agência Lupa fact-checked the mayoral elections in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Our team have followed 21 candidates and have analyzed at least one claim made by each one of them. Among these 21 politicians, there were different parties, interests and so on...

Please note the archive for those three election months:

Oct - http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/2016/10/

Sep - http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/2016/09/

Aug - http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/2016/08/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Agência Lupa makes a balanced choice of the speakers and themes whose data it checks. The evaluation does not show any preference for a party and there are no signs of activism in the agency's research work.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

In 2016, Brazil faced an impeachment trial, with former president Dilma Roussef, from PT, and saw a new government be installed, by presidente Michel Temer. During and after this political turmoil, Lupa kept fact-checking all sides.

Please note our politics section archive for 2016:

http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/category/pais/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The policies are clear and transparent for the selection of the speeches that will be analyzed and for the methods of checking. They are summarized on this page.


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

All sources are revealed on our articles - except when their life is at risk. We always use hyperlinks on our articles so our readers can fact-check us.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Lupa reveals the sources, offers many hyperlinks to those sources or to images and data that can help prove the truth of its checks.

For the agency, the links shared by the website help the reader to retrace the path covered by the fact-checker.

Lupa also states that it does not publish any information that is offensive or information that could endanger the life of its sources. By this link http://piaui.folha.uol.com.br/lupa/2015/10/15/como-fazemos-nossas-checagens/ Lupa explains how it does its checks and how is the relationship with its sources.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Lupa publishes a page on its website to present its business model. The signatory declares that acts as an agency and selling their content. On this page, Lupa reveals that it is being incubated by Piauí magazine, with investment from João Moreira Salles, owner of the magazine.

However, Lupa does not disclose any financial information or provide an overview of expenditure.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The names and roles of managers and employees are publicized on the website, but the names of the partners are not disclosed.

Although the names of the authors are properly credited in the stories, only the staff of the agency have their biographies indicated. There is no information about eventual contributors.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The Lupa website highlights a hyperlink to a form for readers' suggestions that should be checked or contact the organization. However, there is no space for readers to comment on the site's checks.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

This video is published on our website and social media channels: https://youtu.be/OyzTrBZpZ-s

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

The website explains what its scope is and defines to the reader what is fact-checking and what does not. A video tutorial explains what is fact-checking and Lupa indicates on the menu to readers how they can send claims to fact-check


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Lupa publishes a list of frequently asked questions about the methodology as well. Possibly, the methodology might be in a more accessible position for the reader, but the information is available to them.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Lupa is open to criticism and requests for fixes, but the only channel for this is an email.

The website states that it does not delete content, although this can not be verified in this assessment, and adds updates and corrections to the original text.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

Agência Lupa
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Agência Lupa is open to criticism, extra information and corrections. All that must be sent to lupa@lupa.news. If a mistake is found on our articles, we adopt the following policy: 1- We don't delete it; 2- We add the updated/correct information (with date and time) to our post; 3- We chance the classification tag (if needed); 4- If the article was published elsewhere, we let our client know about the change we have made; 5- We share the information again on social media, highlighting the fact that it had been corrected.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
13-Jan-2017 (2 years ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Examples:

Mensagem de Temer ao Congresso contém dados truncados sobre o Brasil (correction)

Nas entranhas da delação de um dos executivos da Odebrecht (email)

Na Lupa, há espaço para contestações? E correções? (correction page)


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.