Organization: AP Fact Check
Applicant: Barbara Whitaker
Assessor: Margot Susca
Conclusion and recommendations
Margot Susca wrote:
It is hard to find fault with work the Associated Press does. I think the work AP Fact Check is doing is fair, reliable and meets AP's standards.
I offer here feedback on its application because I have assessed AP before and done others from other fact checking arms of news agencies/orgs that seem to be presented more clearly online. I do not think that website design should be a red flag; that said, I note that it does sometimes seem unclear which is a policy of AP Fact Check and which is for AP that Fact Check abides by or falls under.
I think it could benefit for transparency's sake AP Fact Check to have the following linked prominently or included on the AP Fact Check page: A link to corrections, a link to staff bios, and a link to methodology. AP Fact Check issues corrections, but you have to go through the whole article/fact check at the end to find an error that's been corrected. It may be a more fair/transparent method to have a link that says "These are our mistakes/Corrections" as well as "This is how we do our work." Also, I think the same holds true for a place for its staff to be featured prominently as well as its methodology. Right now when you go to THE site @ https://apnews.com/APFactCheck there only is a list of its fact checks with a header that says: "Fact-checking and accountability journalism from AP journalists around the globe. Tips? Contact FactCheck@ap.org."
Maybe even a sidebar that distinguishes AP Fact Check further from AP would be helpful for "regular" readers/website users.