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We monitor media, politicians and pressure groups across the political spectrum.
When publishing roundups (multiple claims from a TV show/debate), if we check a claim from a member of the government, we ensure that we also check one from the member of the official opposition (and vice versa). We also ensure that we do not only check claims from one person in a roundup, and aim for balance from across the debate.
Our policy is to attempt to contact the claimant about their evidence before writing.
We link to primary sources for our factual assertions.
We seek guidance from neutral external experts on particularly complex or specialist topics.
We operate a two-tier factchecker process so all articles go through two people. All factchecks and updates/corrections are reviewed by a senior researcher before publication and our director if the topic is politically sensitive.
Reviewing is restricted to experienced factcheckers. Our six week training programme covers statistics, impartiality, polling and surveys, making graphs, and good communication. Please see attached our reviewing checklist, which is not exhaustive.
Factchecks have a standardised claim and conclusion intended to guide not dictate readers’ conclusions.
Examples of our factchecking (which covers roundups, factchecks, live factchecking)
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