Newtral

Organization: Newtral
Applicant: Joaquín Ortega
Assessor: Ramón Salaverría
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

Note: The signatory's organizational status changed months into this verification. Its application was re-assessed.


Conclusion and recommendations
on 04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría wrote:


on 04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago)

Ramón Salaverría 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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral is a media start up of journalism, technology and data verification, created by the same team of pioneers journalists that launched the fact-checking on TV in Spain through El Objetivo de Ana Pastor on the channel LaSexta. Also, the same team expanded his work debunking fakenews in separate segments.  While this group of fact checkers and journalists is still doing this sort of content for TV and for El Objetivo de Ana Pastor every Sunday night on prime time TV, as Newtral they also has its own on-line fact-checking and debunking site on the Internet.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Set up in the end of 2017, Newtral Media Audiovisual S.L., owner of Newtral, is a legally-registered organization in Spain, devoted to fact-checking and to providing different news services to other media companies.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Here is the link to all fact checks on newtral:

https://newtral.es/fact-check/

Here is the link to all fact checks produced by Newtral for the TV segments on El Objetivo:

https://www.lasexta.com/programas/el-objetivo/prueba-verificacion/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral has on its website an easy-to-access archive of its fact-checks, which are published on a regular basis.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Examples:

Pablo Iglesias (Podemos)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/16/2018/pablo-iglesias-susana-diaz-ha-preferido-historicamente-socios-a-la-derecha/

Pablo Casado (PP)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/15/2018/casado-los-militantes-del-pp-votaron-por-primera-vez-en-eleccion-directa-a-su-presidente/

Montero (PSOE – Government MINISTER)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/14/2018/montero-el-tc-ha-declarado-en-sus-sucesivas-sentencias-que-las-leyes-fiscales-no-tienen-efectos-retroactivos/

Adriana Lastra (PSOE)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/13/2018/adriana-lastra-en-este-pais-la-constitucion-nunca-se-ha-reformado-siempre-se-han-derogado/

Quim Torra (CATALAN PRESIDENT)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/13/2018/quim-torra-y-el-juicio-farsa-a-los-politicos-catalanes/

Carolina España (PP member of Congress)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/06/2018/carolina-espana-pp-critica-al-gobierno-por-los-datos-de-empleo-temporalidad-y-paro-juvenil/

Donald Trump (US PRESIDENT)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/01/2018/trump-somos-el-unico-pais-donde-si-llega-una-persona-y-da-a-luz-ese-bebe-se-vuelve-ciudadano-de-ee-uu/

José Luis ABALOS (Goverment - PSOE)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/31/2018/jose-luis-abalos-la-derecha-tuvo-la-oportunidad-de-votarla-la-constitucion-e-hicieron-la-campana-por-la-abstencion/

Esperanza Aguirre (former Madrid President – PP)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/09/2018/aguirre-sobre-la-sentencia-de-las-black-va-llevar-a-rodrigo-rato-a-la-carcel-por-90-000-euros/

Jorge Campos (VOX ACTUA Baleares)

https://newtral.es/fact-check/22/2018/fact-check-jorge-campos-actua-baleares-vox-con-un-mejor-estado-de-los-torrentes-no-habria-que-lamentar-tantas-desgracias/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Following high professional standards, Newtral publishes fact-checks about all the Spanish political parties, regardless their ideological alignment. The statements of politicians, no matter the party they belong to, are analysed equally under the same criteria.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Our staff is formed by independent journalists with no relation at all with any political party, private interest or advocacy organization. We are extremely careful with the content we share through the social networks of newtral. We don’t support any political or activist movement, we don’t retweet organized or biased campaigns, crowdfundings, or so. Even if these are not supported by political parties directly. We don’t do activism. We don’t defend ideologies. We are nonpartisan journalists. This is a extremely basic requirement for been part of the fact-checking team.

All of our factcheckers are independent professionals. We check their profiles so we can guarantee they are not part of any group of interest or lobby. That’s the way we assure there is no possible collusion of interest or personal issues doing factchecking and, most important of all, selecting the claims.

Our main goal is to serve the audience with an honest and committed journalism, based on the public interest and the criteria of what is NEWS. The Head of the Team is responsible for ensuring that no member of newtral staff violates this non-partisan policy. If that happens, we will take action immediately. These measures includes removing him from the fact-checking team.

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral does not support any candidate or political party, nor advocate or take policy positions on any issues not strictly related to fact-checking. In the website it shows a clear and strict policy which prevents its staff members from any activism or advocacy against or in favor of any political cause.


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

During the process of factchecking the political claims, our first step is to consult public sources, databases or websites of data collection. We also support this by calling to the public servants, press officers or experts on this data to be sure that the numbers we get are the last ones published. If the collection of this data it is not enough for resolving the fact check, we also consult experts from Universities or similar centers of studies prestigious or well backed by a recognized work of non-partisan investigation.

We include the references of all sources with links on the text of the fact-check. Also, at the end of every piece that we publish on-line, we include a list of all sources and links of the sources we have used.

Also, we invite readers to contact with our team if they detect an error or have any comment about any data related to our work or any doubt of anything whatsoever. To do so, we have a reference to our “contact” section on the site of “Zona de Verificación”. The user can contact us via email, or personally vía WhatsApp or through any of our social networks (we have open DM on Twitter)

https://newtral.es/metodologia-transparencia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral provides clear and detailed information on its website about its fact-checking metodology. Almost all fact-checks are properly backed with links to reliable sources of data, and where there are no links with background information, expert sources are consulted to back the fact-checks


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral is a start up launched by Newtral Media Audiovisual S.L., a news company owned at 100% by the journalist Ana Pastor. All this information is openly disclosed in Newtral’s website.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago
Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral provides detailed, easy-to-reach information about its staff members.


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

For the Fact-Checks published on El Objetivo de Ana Pastor, audience can use Twitter and Facebook to contact us and also an email: elobjetivo@newtral.es Every team member have access to this account, can read it and answer it.

El Objetivo provides multiple means of contact via social media (Twitter, Facebook) and email (elobjetivo@newtral.es).

For NEWTRAL fact-checks, here: https://newtral.es/metodologia-transparencia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Readers can send easily their comments or corrections to Newtral using different means of contact, which include email, social media (Twitter and Facebook) and WhatsApp.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Our transparency and methodology doing factchecking is available at https://newtral.es/metodologia-transparencia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral fact-checking methodology is clearly disclosed in its website. The methodology is sound and reliable.


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral, for the first time in Spain, shared publicly a WhatsApp number with audience so they can contact the team of factcheckers, send them political claims, or fake news to debunk.

https://twitter.com/Newtral/status/1018837911264026625

We also explain this service, and give email and contact details, on the website. https://newtral.es/metodologia-transparencia/

Also, our viewers of El Objetivo can submit claims to fact-check through Twitter, Facebook or in the text-box in our website http://www.lasexta.com/programas/el-objetivo/quieres-contactar-ana-pastor-equipo-objetivo-hazlo-traves-este-formulario_2017022858b549da0cf28e3b3aa69aa2.html

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral allows users to send claims and corrections through different means of contact. As stated in its website, Newtral commits itself to responding to these claims in a timely and professional manner.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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.

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral inherits the strict rectification policy of El Objetivo. If we make a mistake, we will post a rectification at the same level of exposure as the previously published material.

Related to El Objetivo. If we make a mistake we correct the following week during the broadcast. In the case of a Fact-check published on line, we do it as fast as we can. Our corrections policy is available here: http://www.lasexta.com/programas/el-objetivo/transparencia/

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

Newtral’s website explains how the rectification policy works. This policy declares a strong commitment to transparency.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Ramón Salaverría.

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

Newtral
30-Jul-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

We didn’t have to make any correction in Newtral FACT-CHECK or FAKES debunking this past year.

In this fact-check aired on El Objetivo de LaSexta, we included a clarification provided by a Member of Parliament.

http://www.lasexta.com/programas/el-objetivo/prueba-verificacion/rivera-unico-partido-historia-espana-que-dicho-que-esta-favor-calculo-cupo-ciudadanos_201805245b06944b0cf27ac1a1b367c5.html

Ramón Salaverría Assessor
04-Aug-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 7 months ago

By the time of doing this assessment, Newtral has not received any correction request yet, but shows an open disposition to attending such requests.


done 6b marked as Partially compliant by Ramón Salaverría.