Organization: Estadão Verifica
Applicant: Daniel Bramatti
Assessor: Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
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 (email@example.com).
- 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.
Conclusion and recommendations
Marcelo Crispim da Fontoura wrote:
Estadão Verifica is the fact checking arm of Estadão, one of the largest and most serious newspapers in Brazil. Estadão is also known for its data-driven approach to news.
As for the applicant, Estadão Verifica, it’s a relevant fact checking actor with a thorough and serious conduct.
Below are some points to pay attention, according to IFCN criteria, especially regarding making some institutional info more easily accessible:
- The names of the team, and their roles, should be disclosed in the webpage prominently, not only in the fact-checks;
- There should be a public corrections policy, explaining how the outlet deals with mistakes and how they are corrected. Also, the link for the corrected stories and fact checks should also be displayed on the splash page, and posts should be marked as corrected, in order to be transparent with the public;
- As for the methodology, it is clear and well described both in text and video, but it would be important to insert a link in the initial page of Estadão Verifica, so it’s findable on the webpage, and not only on Google;
- Finally, regarding how to get in touch with Estadão Verifica, WhatsApp it’s a great resource for that. It should just state more clearly if it’s also dedicated to complaints/suggestions, not only sending fact checks, and, same as the items listed above, it should be more easily findable on the front page.