dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

Organization: dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
Applicant: Stefan Voss
Assessor: Laurens Lauer

Background

The German Press Agency (dpa) is a long-established for-profit press agency owned by over 170 German newspaper and magazine publishers and (public) broadcasters. The company sets out its history, ownership, and operating principles in great detail on its website and demonstrates a strong commitment to accuracy and credibility.

Assessment Conclusion

dpa Faktencheck has significantly developed over the past years concerning both the range of fact-checking activities and the refinement of its fact-checking approach. The provided documentation on its website and the produced fact-checks demonstrate the project's continuous reflections and subsequent improvements of its work, and its application fully meets the criteria of the IFCN signatory status.

on 19-Mar-2021 (6 months ago)

Laurens Lauer assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

dpa Faktencheck hat sich in den letzten Jahren deutlich weiterentwickelt, sowohl was den Umfang der fact-checking Aktivitäten als auch die Ausarbeitung des fact-checking Ansatzes angeht. Die zur Verfügung gestellte Dokumentation auf der Website und die produzierten Faktenchecks zeugen von der kontinuierlichen Reflektion und Verfeinerung des Projekts und erfüllen die Kriterien des IFCN voll.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

The German Press Agency (dpa) was founded in 1949 and is one of the globally leading independent news agencies, comparable in purpose and structure to the Associated Press (AP).

These are the first six paragraphs of the articles of incorporation of our company: http://docs.dpaq.de/14286-gesellschaftsvertrag.docx

We mainly produce editorial content like text, photos, infographics, audio, and video coverage as well as online content. Our clients are publishing houses, corporations, and organizations. Around 1000 journalists in 54 German locations as well as in 95 locations abroad work for the company. https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-regelnbusiness dpa gathers facts, conducts interviews with sources, covers and analyses newsworthy developments strictly based on the rules and principles established in our editorial statutes. No story is ever published if it hasn't been checked by at least two dpa journalists. Being right is always preferred to being first. Trust and truth are immensely important to everything we do. The business model is based on reliability. Errors and mistakes, which can happen, are always swiftly and transparently corrected
(see chapter Korrekturregeln: https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-regeln).

More information about our editorial principles: https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#aufbau-und-redaktionelle-grundsaetze

Fact-checking is the main part of our daily work in the editorial department since every information and story we publish has to be fact-checked beforehand. But we are also publishing dedicated fact-checking formats on a regular basis.

All details on our dedicated fact-checking operation: https://www.dpa.com/faktencheck

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The German Press Agency (dpa) is a formally registered for-profit press agency owned by over 170 German newspaper and magazine publishers and (public) broadcasters. The company sets out its history, ownership, and operating principles in great detail on its website (see https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen#ueber-uns and provided links).


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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?

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

1. Deutsche Presse-Agentur has been publishing fact checks since 2013 . The first of our fact checks referred to politicians' claims in that year of the Bundestag elections. Since then, we have significantly expanded our fact-checking activities. In spring 2019, the dpa fact check team became a partner in the Facebook project.
Meanwhile, in addition to the regular agency checks in German, dpa also offers fact checks in cooperation with Facebook in six European countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg.

2.  More than 25 journalists work in the dpa fact-checking team. We have two editorial hubs in Berlin and Brussels as well as our own fact-check writers in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland.

3. In dpa's regular agency service, the fact checkers published about 100 fact checks in 2020. These texts go automatically to all dpa customers in Germany.
(https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#aktuelle-dpa-faktenchecks

As part of the fact check cooperation with Facebook, dpa published more than 1,500 fact checks in German, Dutch and French last year.
Germany: https://dpa-factchecking.com/germany/
Belgium:  https://dpa-factchecking.com/belgium/
Netherlands:  https://dpa-factchecking.com/netherlands/
Luxembourg:  https://dpa-factchecking.com/luxembourg/
Austria: https://dpa-factchecking.com/austria/
Switzerland: https://dpa-factchecking.com/switzerland/

4. The Deutsche Presse-Agentur team has set itself the additional goal of circulating fact checks not only in pure text form. Since the beginning of 2021, dpa has been working on distributing fact checks as online graphics as well as in short videos.
Because, in our view, there have been far too few journalistic fact checkers in Germany so far, dpa wants to strengthen the German media houses' capabilities in this regard. In the Faktencheck21 project, dpa is training more than 70 daily newspapers as well as radio and television stations in digital research and verification techniques. We want to achieve that in the year of the Bundestag elections in 2021, media houses in all regions of our country recognise false claims in social networks and refute them through fact checks.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck is a dedicated fact-checking project within the organization's editorial office that aims to verify publicly available information and statements. As such, the project came into existence in 2018/19, but internal fact-checking has been a core duty and activity of the company long before (see also provided example). Since then, the project grew to 25 journalists concerned with fact-checking in different countries and has widened its fact-checking activities regarding produced formats and training efforts.  


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Per partnership agreement, dpa has to deliver its editorial products exclusively to the clients, while it is not allowed to publish its German language content directly to readers. For that reason we are not able to publish our fact-checks directly on our own website. But we are able to link to recent publications of our content on clients' websites as well as providing screen shots from the material in our archives.

Link list: https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#aktuelle-dpa-faktenchecks

dpa-Factchecks regularly published by clients:

Westfälische Nachrichten (Münster): https://www.wn.de/Welt/Faktencheck
Grafschafter Nachrichten (Nordhorn): https://www.gn-online.de/faktencheck/

dpa also factchecks social media content in cooperation with Facebook. The articles with information about the factchecks are published here:
Germany: https://dpa-factchecking.com/germany/
Belgium: https://dpa-factchecking.com/belgium/
Netherlands: https://dpa-factchecking.com/netherlands/
Luxembourg: https://dpa-factchecking.com/luxembourg/
Austria: https://dpa-factchecking.com/austria/
Switzerland: https://dpa-factchecking.com/switzerland/

All of these factchecks are also published on our client portal and can be used for publication by all of our clients.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck publishes about 6 or 7 fact-checks a month, considering at least the provided articles published by its clients. Taken into account the number of fact-checks produced in the context of the cooperation with Facebook (between 50 and 60 in the last six months), the average number of fact-checks produced is significantly higher and meets the required minimum threshold by far.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

FEBRUAR 2021

14.2.2021 SORGE VOR VIRUS-MUTANTEN: DEUTSCHLAND SCHOTTET SICH AB (Schwäbische.de), (dpa-Version)

12.2.2021 DIE MUTANTEN KOMMEN - WAS BEDEUTET DAS FÜR DIE IMPFUNGEN? (Allgäuer Zeitung), (Focus.de), (dpa-Version)

9.2.2021 EXPERTEN: KEIN BELEG FÜR CORONA-ABWEHR DURCH VITAMIN-D-EINNAHME (Zeit.de), (Badische Zeitung), (dpa-Version)

7.2.2021 GEDULDSPROBE CORONA-IMPFUNG: WER WIRD WANN GESCHÜTZT? (Antenne Münster), (Abendzeitung München), (dpa-Version)

5.2.2021 CORONA-MUTANTEN IN DEUTSCHLAND: WIE SCHLIMM IST DIE LAGE? (Leonberger Kreiszeitung), (Abendblatt.de), (dpa-Version)

JANUAR 2021

31.1.2021 VERZWICKTES CORONA - WAS VIRUS-MUTATIONEN FÜR DIE PANDEMIE BEDEUTEN (Weser-Kurier), (Mittelbayerische), (dpa-Version)

27.1.2021 KANN AUGENTRAINING EINE FEHLSICHTIGKEIT BESEITIGEN? (Volksfreund.de), (dpa-Version)

24.1.2021 "WUNDER" ODER ENTTÄUSCHUNG? MONOKLONALE ANTIKÖRPER GEGEN CORONA (Main Post), (Bayerischer Rundfunk), (dpa-Version)

20.1.2021 EU-CORONA-IMPFPASS UND AB IN DEN URLAUB? SO EINFACH WIRD ES NICHT (Heilbronner Stimme), (Tiroler Tageszeitung), (dpa-Version)

19.1.2021 RAUCHEN,TRINKEN UND AUTOFAHREN SO GEFÄHRLICH WIE CORONA? (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung), (dpa-Version)

15.1.2021 CORONA-MYTHEN: WELCHE UNWAHRHEITEN ÜBER DEN IMPFSTOFF FLORIEREN (Süddeutsche.de), (Radio Brocken), (dpa-Version)

12.1.2021 MEHR DRUCK GEGEN CORONA MIT PFLEGE-IMPFPFLICHT UND FFP2-MASKEN? (shz.de ), (dpa-Version)

4.1.2021 STAATSKANZLEI: SÖDER NIE AUF BORKUM - "ABSURDE VERSCHWÖRUNGSTHEORIE" (Focus.de), (InFranken.de), (dpa-Version)

DEZEMBER 2020

30.12.2020 KOMMT DEUTSCHLAND BEIM CORONA-IMPFEN NICHT VORWÄRTS? (Stuttgarter Zeitung), (nordbayern.de), (dpa-Version)

28.12.2020 CORONA-MASSENIMPFUNG LÄUFT - UND WEITERHIN VIELE FRAGEN OFFEN (Rheinische Post), (dpa-Version)

21.12.2020 KONTAMINIERTE OBERFLÄCHEN: ÜBERTRAGEN WEIHNACHTSGESCHENKE VIREN? (
Aachener Nachrichten), (Main Post), (dpa-Version)

11.12.2020 WARUM COLA EINEN CORONA-SCHNELLTEST POSITIV MACHEN KANN (NZZ.ch), (Focus.de), (dpa-Version)

10.12.2020 KONTAMINIERTE OBERFLÄCHEN: ÜBERTRAGEN WEIHNACHTSGESCHENKE VIREN? (Augsburger Allgmemeine), (RND.de), (dpa-Version)

NOVEMBER 2020

25.11.2020 BAYERNS AFD-FRAKTION INTERPRETIERT DÄNSICHE MASKEN-STUDIE FALSCH (Allgäuer Zeitung), (Donaukurier), (dpa-Version)

18.11.2020 IST MAN MIT POSITIVEM CORONATEST IN JEDEM FALL ANSTECKEND? (Die Glocke), (Aachener Nachrichten), (dpa-Version)

8.11.2020 SIND DIE VIROLOGEN IN ZWEI GROSSE LAGER GESPALTEN? (Stern.de), (Zeit.de), (dpa-Version)

2.11.2020 TRUMP WITTERT BETRUG BEI BRIEFWAHL - STIMMT DAS? (Merkur.de), (zeit.de), (dpa-Version)

1.11.2020 WERDEN MANCHE WÄHLER IN DEN USA BENACHTEILIGT? (t-online.de), (Bonner General-Anzeiger), (dpa-Version)

OKTOBER 2020

24.10.2020 FAKES IM BRIEFKASTEN: FALSCHE UND VERALTETE FAKTEN AUF CORONA-FLYERN (Kölnische Rundschau), (Welt.de), (dpa-Version)

23.10.2020 TRUMPS UND BIDENS FINALES TV-DUELL IM FAKTENCHECK (Badisches Tagblatt), (RTL.de), (dpa-Version)

22.10.2020 FEINDBILD BILL GATES: WAS IN SACHEN CORONA ÜBER IHN BEHAUPTET WIRD (Chip.de), (Stuttgarter Nachrichten), (dpa-Version)

8.10.2020 DER PRÄSIDENT, DIE NOBELPREIS-NOMINIERUNG UND DIE MEDIEN (Saarbrücker Zeitung), (dpa-Version)

3.10.2020 CORONAVIRUS: IST DIE MASKE GEFÄHRLICH FÜR KINDER? (t-online.de), (Frankfurter Neue Presse), (dpa-Version)

2.10.2020 DIE VERSCHWÖRUNGSERZÄHLUNG UM DEN BEGRIFF VERSCHWÖRUNGSTHEORIE (dpa-Version)

1.10.2020 DROHT BEI EINER BRIEFWAHL IN DEN USA BETRUG? (zeit.de), (dpa-Version)

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The provided fact-checks show a strong focus on the theme of Covid19 and related issues, but also items about the US election at the end of 2020. However, they cover quite diverse aspects of public interest in these subject areas and do not show signs of undue concentration on any one political side or piece of evidence.      


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

dpa is an independent and 100% privately organised news agency that is fully financed on the free market since its foundation in 1949. We do not receive funding or support from the state, politicians or political parties.


https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#aufbau-und-redaktionelle-grundsaetze


Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As noted above, the German Press Agency is owned by numerous German publishers and (public) broadcaster, for whom it serves as a sort of an information/news supplier. Thus, the funding and business model is firmly based on commercial principles, and the company does not depend on or receive any financial donations or funding by third parties like the state, political parties, or politicians. It further specified clear organizational and editorial rules to ensure independence and high-quality standards - all clearly stated on its website and established for decades.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

not applicable


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

- Trump saves the US economy - what's the truth? http://docs.dpaq.de/15780-200122fc_trump_rede.pdf
In this fact check, we examined key claims made by former US President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2020. In our assessment, we make clear that Trump is right on some points, but that his assertions are not true in their absoluteness.

- Why farmers and politicians argue about nitrate (groundwater protection) http://docs.dpaq.de/15829-200202fc_nitrat.pdf
In this fact check, three central claims of the agricultural lobby are examined. In the assessments, dpa makes it clear that the arguments of the agricultural lobby are only partly correct. It becomes clear, for example, that there is a difference between the quality of drinking water and groundwater. The fact check gives the reader the opportunity to understand the background and facts in this heated debate. The fact check is based in its assessment solely on the evaluation of facts.

- Riding slowly on the Autobahn - What benefit does this have for the climate? http://docs.dpaq.de/15903-200226fc_autobahn.pdf
This fact check addresses the claim that a speed limit would not bring any climate protection benefits. In the evaluation, the dpa journalist comes to the conclusion that this claim is false. However, it is unclear how big the effect is. This fact check once again makes it clear that there cannot always be a clear, unambiguous answer to a question. In their interpretation, the statistics and data often only allow a tendency, which is, however, relevant in a current discussion.

All "alarmism"? A fact check on the viral theses of a pulmonary doctor http://docs.dpaq.de/16032-2003fc_wodarg.pdf
In the Corona pandemic, claims by self-declared experts have unsettled millions of people in Germany. It is one of the most important ground rules of the dpa fact checkers that we only look at "what" was said. It is completely irrelevant to us "who" made the claim. The fact check does not judge "true" and "false" in this complicated situation. Rather, the authors make it clear that the claims reviewed clearly contradict the findings of experts and researchers.

Are short-time allowances and social care (Hartz IV) comparable? http://docs.dpaq.de/16158-fc_kurzarbeit.pdf
This fact check picks up on an envy debate in the social networks in relation to social benefits for immigrants. It is made clear that some of the allegations are false. It is one of the central tasks of the dpa fact checkers to make clear when allegations are made on the basis of inadmissible comparisons. The fact checker goes into detail about the data basis in this discussion and makes it clear that this is not about political positions, but only about facts and data.

- Ramadan in the Corona Crisis: Special Rights for Muslims? http://docs.dpaq.de/16161-2004fc_ramadan.pdf
We prove that the checked allegation is, at its core, a fabrication. For example, it quotes an alleged decision of a "crisis centre for Berlin and Brandenburg". This authority does not exist. But the text goes on to explain the situation in detail. Several interview partners confirm to dpa that the restrictions due to the Corona pandemic affect all believers in Germany - regardless of their religion.

Have the government and the Bundestag decided on compulsory Corona vaccination? http://docs.dpaq.de/16325-screencapture-dpa-news-de-mediaobject-jsf-2020-05-25-18_36_20.pdf
Under investigation here is the claim that compulsory vaccination in Germany is a done deal. The fact check is not limited to factually refuting this claim. It underlines that there is also no majority in the decisive Bundestag for such a political decision.

Has Germany failed to meet its financial obligations to NATO?  http://docs.dpaq.de/16661-screencapture-dpa-news-de-mediaobject-jsf-2020-08-05-17_48_26.pdf
Deutsche Presse-Agentur sticks strictly to the facts, even if the result has negative consequences for Germany's image. In this fact check, the assessment is that Trump is partially correct in his accusations against the Bundesregierung. The fact check makes it clear that Germany does not meet NATO's benchmark of spending two percent of its gross domestic product on defense. At the same time, however, the text points out that defense spending in the NATO countries mentioned by Trump, Belgium and Italy, is even worse than in Germany.

Fact checks on Trump's and Biden's claims in the U.S. election campaign - http://docs.dpaq.de/17199-screencapture-dpa-news-de-mediaobject-jsf-2020-12-20-10_20_17.pdf  
http://docs.dpaq.de/16887-fc_tv-debatte.pdf

In the two fact checks on statements by Donald Trump and Joe Biden, both politicians are subjected to numerous checks. In the case of both Trump and Biden, dpa repeatedly comes to the conclusion that the respective assertion is false. In total, more of Trump's statements are examined than Biden's. This is because Trump made significantly more provocative statements than Biden.

How many people took part in the demonstration against the Corona measures in Berlin?http://docs.dpaq.de/16663-screencapture-dpa-news-de-mediaobject-jsf-2020-08-05-18_06_29.pdf
In this case, the specific allegation is that more than one million people took part in a demonstration in Berlin in the summer of 2020. dpa concludes that this figure is far too high. However, when giving reasons, our fact checkers do not only quote official sources such as the police. We also check several photos of the street where the demonstrators gathered. It becomes clear that there were significantly fewer people at that demonstration in early August than at previous rallies. In addition, dpa uses calculation tools such as "map checking," which can be used to estimate the number of participants.







Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The fact-checks provided demonstrate a verification methodology that seeks to identify and evaluate all facts available carefully regardless of who made a claim. The reasoning provides background information, weights different arguments, and derives consistent conclusions, including clear findings or complex states of affairs, where no clear-cut assessment is possible.     


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck provides comprehensive information about its fact-check concept, its underlying objectives, and aspired quality standards. The applicant explains the procedures and techniques applied in selecting, researching, and analyzing claims to ensure unbiased and reliable verification.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck discloses the interests of the sources used, if applicable, even though this is rarely the case since the project clearly strives for resources that are broadly considered independent and accurate in the first place. Corresponding sources are primarily used to contextualize and not analyze and verify the issue/claim.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck does not show any sign of affiliation or support for any political party/candidate, commercial entity, or ideology in its fact-checks or other publication. It clearly states to strive for non-partisanship and specifies clear rules to meet this objective.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Journalists working for dpaare free and independent in their reporting. We mustn't declare any preferences or support for political parties, religious or cultural beliefs, any industry or other interest group.

The employment contracts ov every editioral staff states clearly: "The employee is obliged to obeying the fundamental rules of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), which state that the production of dpa services has to be impartial and independent from incfluences by parties, groups

-   https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faq/#c901:~:text=Nach%20welchen%20Grunds%C3%A4tzen%20arbeitet%20dpa%3F


Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The company and the fact-checking project set out the objective of non-partisanship, open-mindedness, and fairness at several places (i.e., https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faq/#c901:~:text=Nach%20welchen%20Grunds%C3%A4tzen%20arbeitet%20dpa%3F; https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-regeln), and makes the standards an explicit provision in its employee contracts. 


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck provides hyperlinks to all sources used in its fact-checks, if available, and discloses all used sources at the (original) piece in a comprehensive list of references.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck uses primary sources whenever possible and provides corresponding hyperlinks or archive links for readers to reproduce the analysis. The reviewed articles comprise a relatively high number of media sources (like news articles and press releases), resulting from the project's focus on debunking prevalent misinformation that often concern accusations against "fake news" media.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck uses multiple sources, if possible, especially when providing background information to explain more complex matters (for example, the effects of vitamin B on Covid). As noted above, links to all sources are provided, and consulted experts are identified by name and position.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck strives to use resources that are broadly considered independent and accurate, and the sample review did not indicate a case in which presumed interests would have required their special designation (besides the generally specified name and position of cited sources).


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We are a fact-checking section of a parent organization. 

dpa fact-checking is an editorial department of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#c12159:~:text=Das%20dpa%2DFaktencheck%2DTeam%20ist%20eine%20Redaktion%20der%20Deutschen%20Presse%2DAgentur.

https://geschaeftsbericht.dpa.com/de/2019/kennzahlen-2019


Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa is an independent press agency that provides extensive information about its legal status, organizational structure, and funding (i.e., annual business reports). 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck is part of the press agency's editorial office and explains its integration into the newsroom on its project website (see https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#c12159:~:text=Redaktionelle%20Organisation).


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant sets out its organizational structure and editorial control in various places on its website, see https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/eigentuemer-leitung#aufsichtsrat and https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#aufbau-und-redaktionelle-grundsaetze.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
17-Mar-2021 (6 months ago)

https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-team

Das Faktencheck-Team der dpa

Das exakte Recherchieren beherrschen bei dpa alle Journalistinnen und Journalisten. Darüber hinaus ist das Spezialwissen über das Format und die Standards des Faktenchecks im dpa-Faktencheck-Team gebündelt. Seine Mitglieder schreiben selbst Faktenchecks oder redigieren die Faktenchecks anderer Kolleginnen und Kollegen. Außerdem stehen die Mitglieder des dpa-Faktencheck-Teams allen Redaktionen bei dpa beratend zur Seite.

Die Kolleginnen und Kollegen im dpa-Faktencheck-Team:

STEFAN VOSS leitet das Faktencheck-Team sowie die Abteilung Verifikation bei der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Berlin. Er hat mehr als 10 Jahre als Auslandskorrespondent in der Ukraine und in Russland gearbeitet und spricht fließend Russisch. Voß war vor seinem Einsatz in der Abteilung Verifikation Dienstleiter in der Politik-Redaktion. Er hat Geschichte, Slawistik und Politikwissenschaften studiert.

SEBASTIAN FISCHER ist Redakteur in der Abteilung Hintergrund und Fakten. Als Dokumentationsjournalist arbeitet er an der Schnittstelle von Redaktion und Spezialrecherche. Zu seinen Spezialgebieten zählen Datenbanken und Online-Recherchen. Fischer hat Informationswissenschaft, Klassische Philologie und Germanistik studiert.

JAN LUDWIG arbeitet seit 2019 als Faktenchecker für die dpa. Zu seinen Spezialgebieten zählen unter anderem die Internet-Archivierung und die Geolocation-Techniken. Ludwig studierte Philosophie und Geschichte in Dresden und Paris und absolvierte die Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule. 2015 wurde er mit dem CNN Journalist Award ausgezeichnet.

MICHAEL KIRNER, Leiter der Redaktion Hintergrund und Fakten, startete seine journalistische Laufbahn bei RIAS Berlin, war Redakteur bei Radio Korea International in Seoul und berichtete von dort zudem fast sechs Jahre lang für die Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Bei dpa war er Politik-, Panorama-, und Kulturredakteur sowie landespolitischer Korrespondent. Kirner spricht fließend Französisch, Spanisch und Englisch und schloss sein Studium der Literaturgeschichte und Medienwissenschaft an der FU Berlin mit der Promotion ab.

DIRK WITTENBERG ist Redakteur bei der dpa-infocom, der Online- und IT-Tochter der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Zu seinen Aufgabenfeldern zählen unter anderem die Auswertung von statistischen Daten, Social-Media-Monitoring und Geolocation. Wittenberg hat Kulturanthropologie, Politikwissenschaften und Geschichte studiert.

ALEXANDRA STOBER ist Redakteurin in der Grafik-Redaktion. Sie ist dafür zuständig, Daten und Fakten als Grundlage für Grafiken zu recherchieren und auszuwerten. Daneben schreibt sie erklärende Texte aus verschiedenen Themenbereichen für den Basisdienst und die Kindernachrichten der dpa. Stober hat Journalistik und Politikwissenschaft (Diplom) studiert und während des Studiums beim Westdeutschen Rundfunk volontiert.

MARC FLEISCHMANN ist Redakteur in der Abteilung Hintergrund und Fakten in Berlin. Er ist seit mehr als 20 Jahren in der Medienbranche tätig. Als Experte für Netzwelt-Themen arbeitete er für die Netzeitung und Bild.de. Nach dem Studium der Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Kommunikation und Medien in Bamberg hat er ein Volontariat bei einer Tageszeitung absolviert.

MARKUS BERGMANN ist als Redakteur bei dpa-infocom zuständig für Online-Angebote der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Bei Großereignissen, Katastrophen und Wahlen kümmert er sich um Liveticker und Newsblogs. Bergmann hat Journalistik, Anglistik und Amerikanistik in Dortmund studiert, für verschiedene Zeitungen gearbeitet und während des Studiums bei der Main-Post (Würzburg) volontiert.

SIMON SCHRAMM ist Redakteur im Faktencheck-Team. Er hat sein journalistisches Handwerk als Lokalreporter in München gelernt und dann die Deutsche Journalistenschule besucht. Er liebt es, zu recherchieren und akribisch einer Frage nachzugehen: Stimmt das? Er hat in München Politikwissenschaft, Soziologie und Medienrecht studiert; Hospitanzen bei der AZ, dpa München, SZ, taz und im Investigativ-Ressort der ZEIT.

VERONIKA VÖLLINGER ist Redakteurin im Team Faktencheck der dpa-infocom. Neben Falschmeldungen und Desinformationen in sozialen Medien befasst sie sich für längere Recherchen mit den Themen innere Sicherheit, Migration und Machtmissbrauch. Völlinger hat Politikwissenschaft studiert, die Henri-Nannen-Schule besucht und als Politik- und Nachrichtenredakteurin bei Zeit Online gearbeitet.

JAN KUHLMANN ist Leiter des dpa-Regionalbüros für die Arabische Welt und Israel. Er schreibt vor allem über den Libanon, Syrien und den Irak. Zuvor war er freier Journalist mit Schwerpunkt Arabische Welt und Islam und arbeitete für unterschiedliche deutsche Medien. Kuhlmann hat Geschichte, Islamwissenschaften, VWL und Arabisch studiert.

MARCO MIERKE ist seit 2018 verantwortlich für verschiedene redaktionelle Digitalteams und -Produkte der dpa-infocom, zu der auch die Faktencheck-Redaktion gehört. Marco arbeitete als Korrespondent in Würzburg, Redakteur in der Chefredaktion und von 2010 bis 2015 als Auslandskorrespondent in Washington. Danach leitete er gut drei Jahre den Englischen Dienst der dpa.

ARNE BECKMANN ist Redakteur und Entwickler im Faktencheck-Team. Besonders im Blick hat er die sogenannten synthetischen Medien - also Fotos, Audios und Videos, die durch Techniken der künstlichen Intelligenz verfälscht wurden. Arne hat Medieninformatik studiert und nach einem anschließenden Volontariat mehrere Jahre lang für zahlreiche Privatradios gearbeitet.

HENRIK BOERGER ist Redakteur im Team Faktencheck, im Foto-Ressort der dpa und am dpa-Infokanal/Radar. Nach einem Volontariat verfasste er aus Sydney den täglichen Newsletter "dpa-Morgenlage" und war verantwortlich für den Nachtbetrieb am Foto-Desk. Während seines Studiums der Deutschen Literatur schrieb er für diverse Musikmagazine, leitete eine Galerie und arbeitete an mehreren Theatern.

CHRISTINA SPITZMÜLLER ist Redakteurin bei der dpa-infocom und dort zuständig für das regionale Online-Angebot. Sie hat in Potsdam Interdisziplinäre Russlandstudien studiert und mehrere Jahre in Russland gelebt. Spitzmüller volontierte an der Evangelischen Journalistenschule in Berlin und arbeitete als freie Journalistin.

DIRK FISCHER ist Dokumentar in der Abteilung Hintergrund und Fakten. Seit über 20 Jahren gehören Hintergrundrecherchen und Faktenchecks für die Redaktion zu seinen Aufgaben. Er verantwortet verschiedene Informationsprodukte der dpa. Fischer hat Geschichte und Politikwissenschaft studiert.

LISA DUCRET ist als Multimedia-Redakteurin am Visual-Desk und in der Faktencheck-Redaktion der Deutschen Presse-Agentur tätig. Sie absolvierte ihren Master in Kulturjournalismus an der Universität der Künste Berlin und sammelte anschließend zahlreiche Erfahrungen im Nachrichtenbereich, so z.B bei Arte, der französischen Nachrichtenagentur AFP, bei Correctiv und durch ihr Volontariat mit Schwerpunkt Multimedia bei der dpa.

JACQUELINE ROTHER ist Redakteurin bei der dpa-infocom. Sie ist seit 2017 Teil der Digitalredaktion der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. In der Zeit hat sie auch für das Panorama- und Medienressort und die dpa Kindernachrichten geschrieben. Zuvor hat sie für unterschiedliche Medien im Rheinland gearbeitet und bei einer Tageszeitung volontiert. Rother hat Politik und Soziologie in Bonn und Osteuropastudien in Berlin studiert. Bei längeren Aufenthalten in Bulgarien, Georgien und Russland hat sie mehrere journalistische Recherchen und Projekte realisiert.

KATJA RÄTHER ist Redakteurin im Bereich Hintergrund und Fakten. Sie hat langjährige Erfahrung im Ressort Politik gesammelt, zuvor hat sie im Landesdienst Berlin/Brandenburg und im Rundfunk-Dienst der dpa gearbeitet. Im Studium standen Linguistik und Geschichte im Mittelpunkt.

NICO TAPIA ist Videoredakteur bei der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Berlin. Er ist ausgebildeter Film- und Videoeditor und arbeitet unter anderem seit über zehn Jahren für den Videodienst der dpa. Seine Erfahrung reicht von kurzen Online-Videos bis hin zu 90-minütigen TV-Dokumentationen, die er geschnitten hat.

TOBIAS SCHORMANN ist Redakteur im Faktencheck-Team der dpa-infocom. Er war zuvor mehrere Jahre Chef vom Dienst im dpa-Themendienst, der Verbraucher- und Ratgeberredaktion der dpa. Dort hat er auch volontiert. Er hat Germanistik und Politikwissenschaft in Hamburg und Berlin studiert.

ROLAND SIEGLOFF hat im Alter von 19 Jahren bei Deutschlands kleinster eigenständiger Tageszeitung "Emder Zeitung" volontiert. Später studierte er in Frankfurt/Main und Lille (Frankreich). Nach Stationen als dpa-Journalist in Frankfurt und Mainz arbeitete er als Korrespondent in Brüssel. Nach zehn Jahren als dpa-Redakteur in Hamburg und Berlin ist Roland nach Brüssel zurückgekehrt, wo er das Faktencheck-Team für die Benelux-Länder koordiniert.

TANGUY VERHOOSEL gehört zum Brüsseler Faktencheck-Team der dpa. Er hat Journalismus in Brüssel und Lausanne (Schweiz) studiert. Der Belgier hat schon immer für ausländische Medien gearbeitet: Als Brüssel-Korrespondent für Schweizer Tageszeitungen seit 1988 und seit kurzem auch für die Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

ELLEN DE GREEF hat Jura und Journalismus studiert. Sie gehört seit Sommer 2020 zum Faktencheck-Team der dpa in Brüssel. Zuvor erhielt sie eine journalistische Ausbildung bei der belgischen Zeitung De Standaard mit den Schwerpunkten Wirtschafts-Berichterstattung und Online.

LAURA CERRADA ist seit 15 Jahren Journalistin. Sie hat in dieser Zeit für mehrere französisch-sprachige Tageszeitungen in Belgien gearbeitet. Als Faktencheckerin der dpa in Brüssel hat sich sich auf Gesundheitsthemen spezialisiert. Laura spricht fließend Spanisch.

JOPPE NUYTS ist seit Anfang 2020 Faktenchecker der dpa in Brüssel. Zuvor hat er als Mulitmedia-Journalist für den Belgischen Rundfunk VRT NWS gearbeitet. Joppe begeistert sich für alle Arten der digitalen Recherche (OSINT).

DIETER EBELING kam im Jahr 1969 zur dpa. Seitdem hat er viele Jahre als Korrespondent in München, Paris, Nairobi, Brüssel, Hamburg, London und Berlin gearbeitet. Für ein Jahrzehnt war Dieter stellvertretender Chefredakteur der dpa. Im Ruhestand ist er dem Journalismus treu geblieben. Von Trier aus unterstützt er das Faktencheck-Team in Brüssel.

CLAIRE POEL hat Journalismus an der Hogeschool in Utrecht studiert, mit einem Auslandsjahr in Dänemark. Ihr Spezialgebiet: EU-Themen. Claire arbeitet seit Anfang 2021 als Faktencheckerin im dpa-Team Brüssel.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck provides professional biographies of nine core members on its project website (https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-team), but this list does not match the full team of 25 journalists, as specified by the applicant. The project should complement this information by amending the missing biographies or indicating that further contributors exist (and naming them, if possible). 


cancel 4.4 marked as Request change by Laurens Lauer.
Laurens Lauer Assessor
19-Mar-2021 (6 months ago)

dpa Faktencheck provides professional biographies of all of its core members on its project website (https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faktencheck-team).


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant provides several possibilities to contact the team as well as the parent company on its website, and it explains how to submit claims to check or critic and other suggestions.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck provides extensive information about its understanding of fact-checking, the product, its standards, and crucial procedures covering claim selection, verification, and publication on a designated project website (see https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#faq).


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant's fact-checks cover claims of public interest, that is, claims that are expected to trigger questions about its veracity by members of the public and that reach a certain threshold of public prevalence.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant's fact-checks evidence a careful weighing of arguments that support and undermine the claim in question, and the final conclusions do not shy away to point out an inconclusive state of affairs.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

x

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck often verifies or debunks claims that do not feature an identifiable author. However, its fact-checks apply the same standards regardless of the topic and underlying worldviews, and they do not favor or discriminate against certain groups of authors, where applicable.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Whenever it is necessary and useful, dpa's fact-checking team tries to contact those, who made the claim. We document this contact in our fact checks. In the case of online allegations, contact is often not possible.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

As noted above (criteria 5.4), most fact-checks of the applicant do not have an identifiable author, who could be contacted for clarification. If possible and/or beneficial to the analysis, the reviewed pieces show that the applicant reaches out to the source or the party concerned (i.e., http://docs.dpaq.de/17296-screencapture-dpa-news-de-mediaobject-jsf-2021-01-27-19_56_35.pdf).


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

[Mit alter Bewerbung vergleichen]
On its website dpa encourages Is there an assertion of high social relevance that the Deutsche Presse-Agentur should check with a fact check from its point of view? If such an irritant topic seems important to you, then write to us at the following address:

faktencheck[at]dpa.com

For this we absolutely need the following information:

Which topic or which allegation is it about?

Who made the claim (please link to public document/website/video/post)?

Please answer specifically: Why do you think this allegation is so relevant nationwide that dpa should investigate it?

What impact would it have in your view if dpa did not send a fact check on the proposed topic?

Of course, you can also send tips on possible errors in our fact checks and give us other suggestions to the address faktencheck[at]dpa.com.

https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#kontakt

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck encourages its readers to submit claims or other feedback on its website. It clarifies which preconditions are required, which information is necessary and helpful, and what to expect from the fact-checking team.  


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

dpa Faktencheck devotes a full paragraph to explain its correction policy, its underlying rationale, and the applied criteria, illustrating its explanations by a few examples (see https://www.dpa.com/de/unternehmen/faktencheck/#c12118:~:text=Korrekturregeln).


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The correction policy of dpa Faktencheck provides clear rules and procedures for different types of mistakes that demonstrate a strong commitment to accuracy and credibility.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Wrong year in dpa-factcheck: https://dpa-factchecking.com/germany/210111-99-979603/  (+ FC_KorrekturI.png)

Wrong assignment in a graphic: https://www.presseportal.de/pm/133833/4634377   (+ FC_KorrekturII.png)




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Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The provided examples evidence the adherence to the correction policy in place and a very transparent way of dealing with errors.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

The applicant is an existing signatory, communicates this status and its requirements clearly, and points out the possibility of complaining to the IFCN, including a link to the corresponding IFCN website.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.

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.

dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
14-Feb-2021 (7 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Laurens Lauer Assessor
15-Mar-2021 (6 months ago) Updated: 6 months ago

Dpa has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Laurens Lauer.