Chequeado

Organization: Chequeado
Applicant: Pablo Martín Fernández
Assessor: Angela Pacheco Pimenta
Conclusion and recommendations
on 24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago)

Angela Pacheco Pimenta wrote:

The organization is compliant as a whole with the IFCN principles and can be accepted. It adopts a consisting fact check methodology and covers all relevant sides of public interest issues in Argentina, from political and economic issues to social and cultural ones. It has also clear and transparent policies for funding, corrections and actionable feedback. Its website makes a necessary disclaimer about a potential conflict of interest: its executive-director Laura Zommer marriage to Nicolás Ducoté, the mayor of Pilar municipality and member of Cambiemos, Argentina’s current ruling party.  

on 24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago)

Angela Pacheco Pimenta 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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory is an established fact checking organization.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago


The signatory fact checks claims by all relevant sides in the political spectrum



done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Since we started working with fact-checking in 2010, we have strongly pursued fairness through balancing both our fundings and our fact-checks. That’s why we fact check politicians from both the government and the opposition. We try to reflect the different sides of the political spectrum through our fact-checks, and we do a weekly control of the balance shown in the website. We have been quoted by officialist and opposition leaders (we can provide proof of this if needed). We also think it is important to fact-check other parts of the political debate, not only politicians. That’s why we also analyze the statements made by the media and other opinion leaders.

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/capitanich-washington-dc-tiene-mas-tasa-de-mortalidad-infantil-que-la-argentina/

http://chequeado.com/investigaciones/macri-recibio-3-millones-de-contratistas-del-estado-para-su-campana-electoral/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/pena-hay-una-tendencia-a-la-baja-de-la-inflacion/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/cfk-los-rendimientos-de-los-plazos-fijos-y-el-merval-se-ubicaron-muy-por-encima-de-los-de-la-compra-de-dolares-inclusive-el-ilegal/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/camano-el-gobierno-de-macri-es-el-que-mas-ministerios-ha-creado/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/massa-se-bajaron-las-retenciones-y-sin-embargo-cayo-8-el-empleo-del-sector-minero/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/la-nacion-cristina-kirchner-anuncio-en-2012-la-compra-de-26-aviones-para-incendios-pero-no-llego-ninguno/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/cfk-el-45-de-la-poblacion-argentina-esta-en-las-universidades-y-35-estan-en-las-universidades-publicas-y-gratuitas/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/pena-en-la-ciudad-de-buenos-aires-la-litigiosidad-cayo-el-85-despues-del-cambio-en-la-ley-de-arts/

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/macri-practicamente-duplicamos-el-presupuesto-del-ministerio-de-ciencia-y-tecnologia/

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory fact checks claims by all relevant sides in the political spectrum


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Our team members certainly have different point of views, and we embrace this diversity as long as they’re not affiliated to a party. We do ask them to leave their affinities aside every time they start investigating an issue, and every piece is revised by several members of the staff, so we can limit any possible personal bias. To assure our independence, we don’t accept donations from public servants or politicians, and our Board has no government officials among it. On our site, we disclose special situations regarding personal relations that might present a conflict of interest . For example, I am married to a Mayor from the national ruling party and we state that in our site. 

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory has not endorsed a candidate, party or policy


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

We have an eight step method that is published on our website so that anyone can replicate the work we have done. Part of the method consists of contacting the person who made the statement, consulting the relevant official sources and alternative sources. We clearly state the name and position of each person, and any conflict of interest that they might have (if they worked in a former administration or are if they advise a political party, for example). We don’t use anonymous sources or off the records. We also use documents and studies as evidence in our pieces. In those cases we provide links to the complete document. When we use databases, these are also linked so that anyone can corroborate their validity.

We take special care of balancing our sources in each piece, but we also have an internal system to monitor that our sources are balanced in the long term. For this, we fill (confused about “fill”) information in each piece about the specialists so that we can then analyze how many of them come from private universities, public universities or NGOs, among others.

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

In the signatory’s reports, key sources are always clearly referenced 


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

http://chequeado.com/financiamiento/ http://chequeado.com/rendicion-de-cuentas/ We don’t accept donations from national government offices or political parties.

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory, a standalone fact check organization, lists its owner – Fundación La Voz Pública – and publishes yearly budget reports offering detailed information on its funding.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The names of the signatory’s authors and key actors are clearly listed and their bio are available. 


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory actively invites readers to reach out.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory method follows eight fact check steps to evaluate a claim accuracy:

“1- Select a phrase from the public discourse

2- Ponder its relevance

3- Consult the original source

4- Consult the official source

5- Consult alternative sources

6- Locate in context

7- Confirm, relativize or deny the affirmation

8- Rate"


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

Links: http://chequeado.com/colectivo/ http://chequeado.com/metodo/ Every article has its comments section, and we also published Laura’s email address to receive recommendations or corrections, though every team member’s email address is also available. We have a special platform called Chequeado Colectivo, in which we receive claims from users to fact-check and inform its status: whether they’re being fact-checked and its result, or if the claim is not a checkable claim. It can be accessed through our home page via the “Sugerí un chequeo” (Propose a claim to be fact-checked) button. We also receive claims via WhatsApp, and DMs in our social networks are open. 

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory’s website provides a dedicated actionable feedback section (already noted on section 4.C) that explains to readers how to send claims and which claims can be fact checked.

Every fact checking has a comments box and also provides the executive-director’s e-mail.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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.

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago
Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory’s website has a clear, transparent corrections policy. Four examples of its implementation are provided in the application.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.

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

Chequeado
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/cfk-en-todo-el-mundo-estan-abandonando-el-voto-electronico/

We modified the qualification after observations made by our readers and specialists, and pointed out that we did so.

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/macri-practicamente-duplicamos-el-presupuesto-del-ministerio-de-ciencia-y-tecnologia/

As in the previous case, we modified the qualification after observations made by our readers and pointed out that we did so.

http://chequeado.com/ultimas-noticias/cfk-estamos-ante-el-deficit-comercial-mas-grande-desde-1910/

After taking into considerations some contributions from readers and specialists, we decided to modify the qualification.

Last year we published an article (https://goo.gl/rfd2ou) correcting misinformation that was being shared online. The repercussions were not the ones we had expected so we corrected the way in which we presented the article, and acknowledged the situation in a post in our blog:

http://chequeado.com/por-que-sediceenlasredes-sera-de-aca-en-mas-falsoenlasredes/

Angela Pacheco Pimenta Assessor
24-Mar-2018 (2 years ago) Updated: 1 year ago

The signatory has provided four recent examples of corrections


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Angela Pacheco Pimenta.