Applicant: Alexander Pleijter
Assessor: Margot Susca
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
Edits made by the organization following this assessment
Nieuwscheckers updated information about funding, impartiality, bios and correction policy. All information is available at: http://nieuwscheckers.nl/nieuwscheckers/over-nieuwscheckers/
Conclusion and recommendations
Margot Susca wrote:
This is a University-based fact checking project that started with science claims and has branched out into politics. I believe the applicant, which bases its fact checks on Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network system, can improve in a couple of areas.
It can strengthen its public explanation of non-partisanship of its student reporters/fact checkers although it does this well for lecturers.
It can strengthen its explanation of relationship to and with the University including funding and or editorial independence.
It can provide more bio information on the students working with the project aside from just bylines.
It clearly corrects the record when mistakes have been made. However, a more substantial and visible public corrections policy was not included and does not seem to be clear from the home page of the website.