Following criterion 4B (staff), we added a list detailing who are our authors and editor. It can be found at our landing page, in the column “Quem Faz/Correções”.
- Following criterion 4C (Contact), we added to the same column two ways readers can get in touch with our fact-checkers: Twitter (@estadaoverifica) and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Following criterion 6A (Corrections), we also included within the same section a link to Estadão’s correction form. We also stressed that readers can send correction requests to our e-mail or Twitter. [IFCN Note: the fact-checking project added a corrections policy on its landing page as well.]
- Regarding criterion 2b, we can say that there is complete separation between the newsroom and the opinion team. The fact that the editorial page endorses a candidate in any way influences the election coverage, much less the work of Estadão Verifica.
[comments by the assessor after the applicant made edits]
Summary of changes
The team of Estadão Verifica has updated their project and assessment, granting them a new review.
Their landing page was updated, including information on the about/who’s on the team. Now, authors are clearly stated, making them fully compliant with IFCN criterion 4B. The same applies to ways of getting in touch with the organization, which now are clearly stated in the same section in the landing page, making them fully compliant with IFCN criterion 4C. Finally, there is now a clear call for sending corrections via Twitter and email, and the corrections link is available on the same page, which is positive. Although that is very positive, there isn't still a corrections policy available. [IFCN Note: the fact-checking project has now added a corrections policy on its landing page as well.]
The team of Verifica has stated that, although Estadão, the parent company, has endorsed political candidates before, there is a separation between opinion writers and the news team, especially Estadão Verifica. However, since it does have taken this action before, as per IFCN criteria, it should be noted as partialy compliant.