Annie Lab

Organization: Annie Lab
Applicant: Masato Kajimoto
Assessor: Chen-Ling Hung

Background

Annie Lab is a new applicant based on a project at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. It collaborates with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit educational organization. It has two full-time guiding editors, one supervising editor, and one administrative assistant, all of whom are former journalists working at HKU Journalism as faculty members. About a dozen student reporters work in the newsroom every week in rotating shifts. It therefore has certain expertise in the implementation of these criteria required by professional journalism and IFCN. 

Assessment Conclusion

Annie Lab regularly publishes fact-checking articles, about two stories per week on its main website ( http://annielab.org ) and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. According to my assessment, I think Annie Lab is a reliable fact-checking partner. This applicant is compliant with the principles enacted by the IFCN. 

on 17-Nov-2021 (10 months ago)

Chen-Ling Hung assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Annie Lab is a new applicant based on a project at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. It collaborates with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit educational organization. It has two full-time guiding editors, one supervising editor, and one administrative assistant, all of whom are former journalists working at HKU Journalism as faculty members. About a dozen student reporters work in the newsroom every week in rotating shifts. It therefore has certain expertise in the implementation of these criteria required by professional journalism and IFCN. Annie Lab regularly publishes fact-checking articles, about two stories per week on its main website ( http://annielab.org ) and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. According to my assessment, I think Annie Lab is a reliable fact-checking partner. This applicant is compliant with the principles enacted by the IFCN.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"Annie Lab is a fact-checking initiative at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong (HKU Journalism) in collaboration with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit educational organization registered in Hong Kong (a company limited by guarantee: CR number 2890935). The University of Hong Kong is a publicly funded tertiary institution. The registration certificates of ANNIE are attached.

Information about our legal status and other eligibility can be found on this page:

https://annielab.org/about/

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Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant is a  distinct unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website. https://annielab.org/about/


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

"1. We established Annie Lab in October 2019 in order to investigate false claims, misleading factoids, exaggerations, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, questionable content, and other types of misinformation and disinformation that are being masqueraded and distributed as news. We tried to create an environment that simulates a daily working newsroom. It is a hybrid of professional news organization and student training program based on the pedagogical models developed by ANNIE and supervised by faculty members of HKU Journalism.

2. We have two full-time guiding editors, one supervising editor, and one administrative assistant, all of whom are former journalists working at HKU Journalism as faculty members. About a dozen student reporters work in the newsroom every week in rotating shifts.

3. We have been regularly publishing fact-checking articles, about two stories per week on our main website ( http://annielab.org ) and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Since Annie Lab is tied to credit-bearing journalism courses, we also train our student reporters in classrooms. We also offer internship opportunities for entry-level journalists. Through HKU Journalism and ANNIE, our lab members are also engaging in public seminars, media literacy campaigns, research projects, and other related activities in the field of misinformation and fact-checking.

4. Our short-term goal now is to expand the project and have one more full-time guiding editor in order to help students produce fact-checking videos and other audio-visually-oriented content besides text and memes."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking. Established in 2019, the applicant has been regularly publishing fact-checking articles, about two stories per week on its main website ( http://annielab.org). The applicant has two full-time guiding editors who lead a dozen student reporters working in the newsroom every week in rotating shifts.


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

" We publish in three written languages. Annie Lab has published 148 stories, out of which 106 articles are in English and 42 articles are in traditional or simplified Chinese (translated stories included). In other words, we have been publishing about two stories per week since its inception in October 2019.

All of our past stories are available on our website.  https://annielab.org/2021/ "

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Since its inception in October 2019, the applicant has published 148 stories, about two stories per week.  


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Stories published this year can be seen at:

https://annielab.org/2021/ 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Most stories in the previous three months I've gone through tackle issues and claims that are significant and relevant to public interests.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

"Annie Lab’s operation is tied to credit-bearing journalism courses at the University of Hong Kong, a publicly funded tertiary institution. All expenses are part of the university budget and the lab has no separate accounting.

However, under the collaboration agreement, ANNIE donates a certain amount of money annually to the Journalism and Media Studies Centre in order to compensate for lab-specific expenses beyond regular coursework.

ANNIE is a registered company limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit structure in Hong Kong. Its annual report will be publicly available and searchable starting from late 2021 after its first tax filing (through the Hong Kong government’s Companies Registry — CR number 2890935).

HKU Journalism accepts direct donations from external funders; in 2020-21, it received the following donations specific to Annie Lab:

ANNIE: HK$380,000 (about US$49,000)

Google News Initiative: HK$120,000 (about US$15,000)

We have no relationship with any governmental or political organization."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
This applicant receives donation from a private company and its expenses are part of the university budget. It has not had any commercial, financial or institutional relationship to the state, politicians or political parties.

done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We have no funding from local or foreign state or political sources.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
The applicant declares that it has no funding from local or foreign state or political sources.

done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"We do not take any political position or advocate for any course of action. Every fact check by students is subject to editorial scrutiny by the faculty members at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre. In the context of Hong Kong where political polarization has exacerbated since the street protest in June 2019, we have made a conscious effort to monitor claims from a wide variety of political positions. Loosely categorized, the public in Hong Kong can be divided into two camps -- pro-establishment (pro-government) and pan-democrats (pro-democracy movement). We have checked claims from both camps with the same rigor and frequency.

Checking claims from the pro-establishment camp, including the claims shared by Chinese government officials:

1. https://annielab.org/2021/06/18/false-this-photo-is-altered-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-did-not-kneel-before-us-senators/ 

2. https://annielab.org/2021/05/25/false-this-simulation-video-does-not-show-japans-treated-water-from-fukushima-polluting-half-of-the-pacific-ocean-in-57-days/

3. https://annielab.org/2020/08/25/misleading-popular-coronavirus-origin-video-by-hong-kong-legislator-consists-of-unsubstantiated-conspiracy-claims/

4. https://annielab.org/2020/07/30/misleading-covid-19-vaccines-not-ready-for-clinical-comparison-or-pricing/

5. https://annielab.org/2020/06/30/misleading-this-photo-does-not-show-anti-police-education-in-a-classroom/

Checking claims from the pro-democracy movement camp:

1. https://annielab.org/2021/06/24/misleading-hong-kongs-radiation-levels-neither-exceeded-safety-limits-nor-increased-drastically-after-issues-reported-at-taishan-nuclear-plant/

2. https://annielab.org/2021/04/01/false-these-photos-are-manipulated-to-show-hong-kong-stars-holding-banners-in-support-of-xinjiang-cotton/

3. https://annielab.org/2021/03/01/false-this-picture-does-not-show-chinese-soldiers-helping-myanmars-military-destroy-the-internet/

4. https://annielab.org/2021/02/28/analysis-questions-about-carrie-lams-jab-syringe-was-filled-from-a-sinovac-vial/

5. https://annielab.org/2021/01/03/false-doj-did-not-argue-national-security-law-has-no-presumption-of-innocence/"

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

In the context of political polarization in Hong Kong, the applicant tries to consciously monitor claims from a wide variety of political positions. The stories the applicant chose clearly demonstrate its editorial stance of non-partisanship. The applicant applies the same standards consistently.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"We state on the page that Annie Lab does not take any political position or advocate for any course of action.

https://annielab.org/our-labels-standards/ 

Following is our methods and criteria:

- To judge something is true or false, we gather first-hand information and supporting evidence as much as possible.

- All evidence collected in the verification process will be included in the story with links, embeds, screen captures, or in other appropriate forms.

- Our story must be presented in such a way that the audience could replicate our process before reaching the conclusion.

We select potentially problematic claims by evaluating their probable harm (if not true). It is the first criterion when deciding what to fact check.

- The significance of misinformation is also assessed by its audience reach (the number of shares, comments, likes, views, etc.) in our process.

- Unless we are absolutely certain about the conclusion, we will not publish any story. "

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant publishes an explanation on its website to set out how it selects claims to check, here: https://annielab.org/our-labels-standards/

Verification methods and criteria are clear.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago
 In view of what I have observed, the applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant doesn't show support for any party, any politician, or political candidate.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant explains its policies to preserve its non-partisan way of fact-checking.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant identifies the source of significant evidence used in its fact checks.

done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant uses the best available primary sources of evidence in most stories.

done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant frequently applies multiple sources in their stories.

done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago
 In view of what I have observed, the applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

"As indicated in the above sections, we are an independent fact-checking newsroom hosted at the University of Hong Kong and supervised by the faculty members of its journalism program.

The partner organization ANNIE, an educational not-for-profit entity in Hong Kong, was established by one of the faculty members to develop teaching and learning materials for news literacy education. To be exact, ANNIE is a registered company limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit structure and its annual report will be publicly available and searchable starting from late 2021 after its first tax filing through Hong Kong government’s Companies Registry — CR number 2890935.

ANNIE has not received any grants or funding but it has provided consultancy services for a fee. Its clients include Google News Initiative and Judith Neilson Insititute. It receives no funding or donation from a political or governmental entity."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant is a fact-checking unit hosted at the University of Hong Kong and supervised by the faculty members of its journalism program.


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

 "Information is available at: https://annielab.org/about/

We state on the page: Annie Lab’s operation is tied to credit-bearing journalism courses at the University of Hong Kong, a publicly funded tertiary institution. All expenses are part of the university budget and the lab has no separate accounting.

However, under the collaboration agreement, ANNIE donates a certain amount of money annually to the Journalism and Media Studies Centre in order to compensate for lab-specific expenses beyond regular coursework.

ANNIE is a registered company limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit structure in Hong Kong. Its annual report will be publicly available and searchable starting from late 2021 after its first tax filing (through Hong Kong government’s Companies Registry — CR number 2890935).

HKU Journalism accepts direct donations from external funders; in 2020, it received the following donations specific to Annie Lab:

ANNIE: HK$380,000 (about US$49,000)

Google News Initiative: HK$120,000 (about US$15,000)"

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant has a page (the “Finance” section in the About US page) on their website detailing each source of funding.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"Information is available at: https://annielab.org/about/ 

Annie Lab offers a lab environment that simulates a working newsroom. It is a hybrid of professional news organization and student training program based on the pedagogical models developed by ANNIE and supervised by faculty members of HKU Journalism, all of whom are former journalists who have worked in various Asian countries.

Every fact check by students goes through editorial scrutiny by the faculty members at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre. Currently, we have three editors and one administrative faculty staff involved in Annie Lab every day."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"Information is available at: https://annielab.org/about/ 

- Cherry Lai / Guiding Editor

Cherry is a teaching assistant at HKU Journalism and works as one of the two guiding editors in Annie Lab. She joined the university in June 2020. Before beginning a career in teaching fact-checking, Cherry was a senior radio reporter at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), covering healthcare policies and medical news. Cherry started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter at Mingpao.

- Purple Romero / Guiding Editor

Purple is a teaching assistant at HKU Journalism and also a guiding editor. As an experienced multimedia journalist, she has produced reports on the environment, gender issues, labor migration and foreign relations for such news organizations as Rappler, Channel News Asia, South China Morning Post and VICE. Before joining Annie Lab, Purple also worked as a member of the fact-checking team at AFP Philippines.

- Masato Kajimoto / Supervising Editor

Masato is an associate professor of practice at HKU Journalism and also the founder of ANNIE. He specializes in misinformation ecosystem research and development of pedagogical models, especially in the field of news literacy education including fact-checking. Before joining HKU, Masato worked as an online reporter and web producer at CNN International.

- Student reporters

All stories featured on our website are written by HKU students who work in shifts Monday through Friday under the editorial guidance of the faculty members. About a dozen students are involved in fact-checking every week. Each of our stories carries a byline that shows reporters’ names. For a sensitive story, however, we use “Annie Lab Team” byline for security concerns."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant has a page (the “Staff” section in the About US page) on their website that details the professional biography of all those who play a significant part in its editorial output.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Information is available at: https://annielab.org/contact-us/

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
The applicant provides its contact information to the users. 

done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

On this page "Our Labels & Standards", the applicant publishes the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

In view of what I have observed, the applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant sets out in their fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it. 

done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.

done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago
In view of what I have observed, the applicant regularly relies on primary and secondary sources of information and does not make unfair conclusions or inaccurate deductions from evidence. The organization also identifies the interests of sources if they would be required to understand the source’s credibility.

done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

"Besides the contact page ( https://annielab.org/contact-us/ ), we communicate with our users on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

However, the reality is that the majority of the requests so far have come from working professional journalists in Hong Kong and they would often message editors directly and personally. This is especially so because some of our stories are cross-posted by a local media outlet Citizen News ( https://www.hkcnews.com/triangles/blogger/ANNIE%20LAB-391 ).

Our user base is not as big as news media outlets and we have received only a handful of inquires about claims from the audience as of today. "

Annie Lab
17-Nov-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

[Response] Thank you. We now understand this could be a language issue. The word "hotline," and "something fishy," indicate we are asking the users to send potentially problematic claims but it may not be obvious. To be crystal clear, we changed it to "Claim(s) to be checked (please provide the links, if available)" and also added another box for additional messages in the form.

[Original]

"Besides the contact page ( https://annielab.org/contact-us/ ), we communicate with our users on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

However, the reality is that the majority of the requests so far have come from working professional journalists in Hong Kong and they would often message editors directly and personally. This is especially so because some of our stories are cross-posted by a local media outlet Citizen News ( https://www.hkcnews.com/triangles/blogger/ANNIE%20LAB-391 ).

Our user base is not as big as news media outlets and we have received only a handful of inquires about claims from the audience as of today. "

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
The applicant encourages users to communicate with them via the “Hotline” page. This is no specific space for users to send in claims to check. 

cancel 5.6 marked as Request change by Chen-Ling Hung.
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
17-Nov-2021 (10 months ago)

The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check. 


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"Every story comes with the following disclaimer, which is part of the site template.

Disclaimer: This is a student work. Although faculty members at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong have done everything possible to verify its accuracy, we cannot guarantee there are no mistakes. If you notice an error or have any questions, please email us at contact@annieasia.org.

Our correction policy is stated as follows at https://annielab.org/our-labels-standards/ 

When mistakes are made, we will correct the information in the original story with a clear indication of what has been changed. We will subsequently correct our relevant social media posts as well."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
The applicant has a corrections policy that is easily visible and accessible on its website https://annielab.org/our-labels-standards/ 

done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Annie Lab
17-Nov-2021 (10 months ago) Updated: 10 months ago

Our correction policy is stated as follows at https://annielab.org/our-labels-standards/ "When mistakes are made, we will correct the information in the original story with a clear indication of what has been changed. We will subsequently correct our relevant social media posts as well."

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The Correction policy states that "When mistakes are made, we will correct the information in the original story with a clear indication of what has been changed. We will subsequently correct our relevant social media posts as well."


cancel 6.2 marked as Request change by Chen-Ling Hung.
Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
17-Nov-2021 (10 months ago)

The Correction policy states that "When mistakes are made, we will correct the information in the original story with a clear indication of what has been changed. We will subsequently correct our relevant social media posts as well."


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 10 months ago

"We have published only one story that required immediate correction. Sometimes, after receiving users' inquiries, we update our stories for clarification meanwhile. Two examples below:

https://annielab.org/2021/06/18/false-this-photo-is-altered-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-did-not-kneel-before-us-senators/ 

[Correction on June 22, 2021] The earlier version of this story mistakenly identified the South Korean government official bowing in the photo as Chung Sye-kyun, speaker of the National Assembly. The official in the photo is Woo Yun-geun, then secretary-general of the National Assembly.

https://annielab.org/2019/11/18/misleading-this-bird-was-not-killed-by-hong-kong-police-tear-gas/

[Update on Nov. 21, 2019] Hong Kong Bird Watching Society issued a statement over the reported cases of dead birds on its Facebook page.

It says “the cause of death has not been established with any certainty.” The organization would like to “remain scientific” rather than “hurriedly reaching conclusions.”"

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago
The applicant gives 2 examples from 2 different articles. It demonstrates that they have handled corrections adequately and professionally after receiving requests from the audience. 

done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We are not a signatory.

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant is not an existing signatory


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Annie Lab
02-Nov-2020 (1 year ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We are an independent fact-checking unit and not a part of a media company. 

Chen-Ling Hung Assessor
07-Aug-2021 (1 year ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant states that it is an independent fact-checking unit and not a part of a media company. 


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Chen-Ling Hung.