Dubawa

Organization: Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
Applicant: Ebele Oputa
Assessor: Raymond Joseph
Conclusion and recommendations
on 08-Dec-2019 (2 months ago)

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

4b) Recommendation

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".

6a) Recommendation

Make the corrections heading more prominent on the page by removing "Step 0" and making the "corrections" font bigger and in bold type.

6b) Recommendation

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.

on 08-Dec-2019 (2 months ago)

Raymond Joseph 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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

DUBAWA is Nigeria’s first indigenous independent verification and fact-checking project, a distinct project of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and supported by the most influential newsrooms and civic organisations in the country to help amplify the culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice. PTCIJ is a non-governmental organization, founded in 2014, to promote a truly independent media landscape that advances fundamental human rights, good governance and accountability in West Africa through investigative journalism, open data and civic technology.


Dear assessor [I don't know how else to contact you...], I cannot seem to find  any place "requesting action on criteria rated either as "partially compliant" or "non compliant"

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picture_as_pdf CAC - PTCIJ (1).pdf (323 KB) picture_as_pdf notary form.pdf (301 KB)
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa (https://dubawa.org/) is a project of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), which was founded in 2014. Dubawa was set up as a project of PTCIJ in 2017. (See attached official notarised document confirming this). The legally required Certificate of Incorporation for PTCIJ is also attached. (Companies and organisations require a Certificate of Incorporation to operate in Nigeria). Dubawa initially began operating in Nigeria and earlier this year it extended its fact-checking project to Ghana. Although part of PTCIJ, the project is supported by other newsrooms and civic organisations. Its stated aim is "to help amplify the culture of truth in public discourse, public policy, and journalistic practice". (For more detail see "About Us" https://dubawa.org/about-us/)


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa publishes regular fact-checks on a wide range of issues on a very regular basis. (See attached spreadsheet of fact-checks).They often publish more than one fact-check on the day. They are most active in Nigeria. Although they only launched in Ghana this year - 2019 - the frequency of Ghanian fact-checks is slowly increasing. Dubawa's fact-checking process to check on the accuracy of claims follows recognised protocols and is clearly stated on their website. (https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/) 


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa fact-checks an impressively wide range of issues that include politics, claims by both politicians and public figures, health and medical issues, elections, social media posts and more. They do not overly concentrate on any one issue. The supplied links illustrate the wide variety of issues that are fact-checked. A further check on their site confirms this. (See "topics" in the drop-down menu under the "Fact-checks" tab on the home page).


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa is an independent fact-checking and verification project of PTCIJ; PTCIJ being a non-governmental organization that engages in a wide variety of projects that are not limited to fact-checking [see website for more details]. As such, it does not have a policy regarding advocacy and support for political candidates. Nevertheless, Dubawa, as an independent project, has its own independence and full disclosure policy that is shared with its staff. The enclosed document contains all the information [which can also be found on the website].

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Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa has a clearly-stated policy regarding the involvement of its staff in - or with - any political party or advocacy organisation. This policy is prominently displayed under an "Independence Policy" tab in the "About Us" section on its home page: (https://dubawa.org/about-us/independence-policy/) While accepting the right of individuals to be involved in politics, Dubawa makes it clear that non-partisan behaviour by a member of the team would reflect on the credibility of the organisation and others within it. As such it states clearly in its independence policy: "To this end, any team member who wants to contest elections or support/ sponsor a candidate in any form either by active campaigning or donating to a campaign fund; shall resign his/her position on the team. Dubawa and members of its team, as well as contributors and members of the governing and editorial board, shall, by all means, remain non-partisan. It also has a disclosure policy that is shared with all its staff. (See attached "Independence Policy" document).


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Our sourcing policy is keenly guided by a five-layered evaluation mechanism that privileges:

- Named Sources as against unnamed sources

- Authoritative as against random sources

- Independent as against self-interested sources

- Verifiable as against assertive sources

- Multiple as against single sources

All our fact-checks also include links to the relevant sources of each information, and no fact-check is approved for publication without such. Find more about this on our page.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa has a clear policy on sources. (See "Our fact-checking process https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/). Wherever possible, they link to sources in fact-checks. 

They state clearly the type of sources they use - and also those they do not consider credible.

* Named Sources as against unnamed sources;

* Authoritative as against random sources;

* Independent as against self-interested sources

* Verifiable as against assertive sources

* Multiple as against single sources


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 3 months ago

DUBAWA is currently funded by the MacArthur Foundation which seeks to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria and Heinrich Boll Foundation which funds our Fellowship Programme. Facebook also funds some aspect of the project through its Third Party Factchecker program.

While we are open about reporting our funding support, the funders have absolutely no influence on our judgments and editorial decisions. Find out more on this page.

Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

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/) 


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

RECOMMENDATION 

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".


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Full contact details, including a street address, are prominently displayed on the home page of the site under the "contact us" tab https://dubawa.org/contact-us/



done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa's fact-checking process is clearly explained in an "Our fact-checking process" page that can be easily found in the "About Us" tab on the home page. The information supplied also explains what can and what can't be fact-checked. (https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/)


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago
Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Details on how to submit claims for fact-checking via several channels - including email, Twitter and WhatsApp) Dubawa's fact-checking protocols - are supplied at the end of the "Our fact-check process" page (https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/) What can and what can't be fact-checked is also explained on this page.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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.

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/                          

Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Dubawa has a corrections policy that is clearly stated on the Our fact-check process page https://dubawa.org/about-us/our-fact-check-process/

Recommendation;

Make the corrections heading more prominent on the page by removing "Step 0" and making the "corrections" font bigger and in bold type.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.

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

Premium Times Center for Investigative Journalism
13-Nov-2019 (3 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

We have only made one correction in the past year. Here's a link to that work: https://dubawa.org/yes-you-will-need-a-valid-id-when-travelling-though-some-n-e-states-not-the-whole-country/ 

Raymond Joseph Assessor
01-Dec-2019 (2 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Based on this example, corrections are clear and unequivocal

Recommendation

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.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Raymond Joseph.