Agência Pública - Truco

Organization: Agência Pública - Truco
Applicant: Mauricio Moraes
Assessor: Daniela Bertocchi
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

Edits made by the organization following this assessment

The applicant submitted proof of legal registration.

The applicant updated the section “Como funciona" (How it works). https://apublica.org/checagem/


From the assessor


I recommend the board to accept the applican


Conclusion and recommendations
on 12-Mar-2018 (2 years ago)

Daniela Bertocchi wrote:

The application is accepted subject to edits.

Truco is acknowledged in Brazil as a relevant fact-checking project created by Agência Publica. Although the project is pretty solid, an additional explanation could be developed by Agencia Publica: guarantee more transparency about the difference between Agencia Publica and Truco, making (i) a clear distinction whether the network of advisors serves both Agencia and Truco or not; (ii) also, be open about which funding goes to Truco.

on 12-Mar-2018 (2 years ago)

Daniela Bertocchi recommended Accept with edits


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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Truco is the fact-checking project from Agência Publica, a non-profit news organization specialized in investigative reporting located in Brazil. Pública was created in 2011 and Truco, in 2014. In our home page we have a special area to explain who we are, to tell our story and to disclose who is responsible for our funding: https://apublica.org/quem-somos/. More information about Truco is available at https://apublica.org/truco.

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Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Truco is recognized in Brazil as a relevant fact-checking project created by Agência Publica. Although the signatories have not attached documents in the application form that demonstrate they are legally registered, they legitimated the project by informing they were acknowledged by IFCN already. The Agência Publica has a pretty solid network of advisors. However, it is not entirely clear if Truco itself is also under the same advice. We recommend Agencia Publica attaches a proof of legal registration, as requested by IFCN.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Truco began as a project created to cover the 2014 presidential elections. After that, we focused on statements from politicians on the Brazilian Congress from 2015 to 2016 (Truco no Congresso) and on the mayoral elections of 2016 in five state capitals (Truco Eleições 2016). Since February 2017, we've revamped the project. We've started to fact-check quotes from politicians and public figures and also rumors and viral messages. Our system was changed from the old cards to more standardized labels, for added clarity. Our archive can be found at https://apublica.org/truco.

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The fact-checking production and analysis are consistent and made on a regular basis. We could notice an intensification of the production particularly in the second half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2017. There was a hollow of stories in January 2017, but the same situation does not occur in January 2018


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago
Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory's production confirms that fact checks cover a diversity of subjects, from political to cultural and also health data. (E.g., yellow fever, abortion, slave labor, income tax, etc.).


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

Agência Pública is a journalist NGO, so our mission is to make a fair and ethical coverage in every aspect, based on journalistic standards. This is clear on our website, at https://apublica.org/quem-somos. We disclose the names of all members of our staff and none of them is part of political parties or advocacy organizations. We think that this kind of involvement compromises fairness. As a news agency, our stories and fact-checks are reproduced by some of the main media outlets in Brazil, which is our proof of our balanced coverage.

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We have not found any evidence the signatory supports a candidate in any election nor advocate or take policy positions on any issues not strictly related to fact-checking. Inside methodology section, Truco does not explain precisely how the staff is prevented from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Though, they are pretty clear on how they avoid those situations by informing their contact email so readers can send criticisms, suggestions or point errors. When it happens, Truco claims to fix and update the article, explaining the whole correction process. On top of that, they send an alert to readers/republishers. Also, Truco discloses the names of all members of the staff.  


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

We always disclose the sources that were used in our fact-checks. If there is an URL to the available source, we always point it inside the text. We include also tables and graphs that help understand the fact-checking, and reveal the sources for this data. If the source is a document that is not available online and we have a copy of it, we upload it to our servers and disclose it inside the text too. In these cases, everyone can download the file and see for themselves. Our policy of disclosing our sources is also revealed in our methodology, described at https://apublica.org/truco, in "Como funciona".

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There are links to the sources and documents that support the fact-checking. Also, the agency shows charts and tables to make it easier for the reader to understand how the fact-checking process is established. At the end of each article, there is a box with an explanation of Truco's mission and its methodology, which has a chronological order of steps to follow. These steps were developed in all texts analyzed. The methodology is properly described at http://apublica.org/truco/#metodologia.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://apublica.org/truco, label "Como funciona". It links to https://apublica.org/transparencia/

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The Agência Pública explains how Truco is funded at https://apublica.org/transparencia. It is reported on the website that the institutional sponsors are the Ford Foundation and the OAK Foundation. Nevertheless, the text states that Truco also receives funding for specific projects, but the signatories do not inform details about those projects or who financed them. Only project funders via Crowdfunding are specified. Also, the agency inserts logos from institutions that are not mentioned in the text, as Climate and Land Use Alliance, Open Society Foundations and Betty Institute and Jacob Lafer.


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://apublica.org/truco, label "Como funciona". It links to https://apublica.org/quem-somos/. Each author has a personal page with a detailed biography.


Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Authors (with biographies) are explicitly listed at https://apublica.org/quem-somos/. 


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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

Agência Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://apublica.org/contato. At the bottom of our fact-checks, we also include an e-mail for suggestions and critics: truco@apublica.org. We also have a mobile number which readers can use to contact us on WhatsApp and Telegram.

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Truco website has a comment area. Also, it provides an email address, and WhatsApp/Telegram numbers for readers to contact the staff (https://apublica.org/contato).


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://apublica.org/truco, label "Como funciona".

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Truco distinctly explains its fact-checking methodology at https://apublica.org/checagem/ 


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

At the bottom of our fact-checks, we include an e-mail for suggestions (truco@apublica.org) and also a mobile number which readers can use to contact us on WhatsApp and Telegram.

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

There is a box at the bottom of each check report with the email (truco@apublica.org) and WhatsApp and Telegram numbers for readers to contact them. In this same box, there is a link explaining the applied methodology. 


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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 Pública - Truco
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 2 years ago

https://apublica.org/truco, label "Como funciona".

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The correction policy is available at https://apublica.org/checagem-truco/como-funciona/



done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.

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

Daniela Bertocchi Assessor
27-Feb-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Daniela Bertocchi.