Organization: Australian Associated Press
Applicant: Philip McLean
Assessor: Michael Wagner
Conclusion and recommendations
Michael Wagner wrote:
I recommend that Australian Associated Press FactCheck (AAPFC's) application be accepted with edits.
Australian Associated Press FactCheck is a professional, quality operation that conducts fact-checks of claims about a variety of social and political issues and claims made by political leaders. The work is balanced, fair, and largely transparent. The conclusions they draw are clearly tied to their rating scale and methodology. The work they do is transparent enough to be replicated.
However, the site, apparently following the parent organization's authorship rules, does not list who their journalists are, and as such, makes it impossible for the audience to know who is conducting fact-check jourrnalism on AAPFC's behalf. I recommend listing the journalists and their biographies on the website and providing bylines for writers of fact-checks.
For audience members seeking to comment or complain, however, it is a bit harder than it needs to be. I recommend a separate navigation tab for Comments be placed by the Make a Submission tab (which is very well donoe).
IFCN requires a more thorough accounting of how fact-checking organizations spend their resources, something the site does not currently do, but should.