Organization: Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
Applicant: Ebele Oputa
Assessor: Raymond Joseph
Conclusion and recommendations
Raymond Joseph wrote:
Overall, I was impressed by Duwaba’s transparency, the navigation of their site, breadth of subjects of their fact-checks and the fact-checking protocols they have in place
The only issue that needs to be rectified before this is done is:
4a) To be fully compliant, it is NB to state Dubawa's relationship to PTCIJ. I recommend that the following be added on the "Funding" page. (https://dubawa.org/about-us/funding/).
"Dubawa is an independent fact-checking and verification project of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism. (https://ptcij.org/). PTCIJ is a non-governmental organisation that engages in a wide variety of projects that are not limited to fact-checking. (hyperlink to https://ptcij.org/about/)
I have also made the following recommendations that, while not essential, would help to make it easier for users of their site
While the required information is all there on the "Team" page (https://dubawa.org/about-us/team/) it is not obvious that you can see peoples' bios by clicking on their photos.
I would suggest that a line be added on the "Team" page stating something like: "For bio details of a team member click on their photo".
Make the corrections heading more prominent on the page by removing "Step 0" and making the "corrections" font bigger and in bold type.
If this is not being done already, I would suggest that links back to corrections be posted on social media. Not only would it enhance Dubawa's credibility as an organisation that admits and fixes errors, but it would also increase the opportunity for those who might miss it to be made aware of the correction.
I have no hesitation in recommending that Dubawa be given the IFCN stamp of approval.