Applicant: Hazel Baker
Assessor: Michael Wagner
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
We have re-surfaced more fact-checks and now have more than 13 fact-checks in the last three months.
The biography for the head of fact-checking unit ought to be expanded, so we will create a page on Reuters.com to host this and link to it from the ‘about us’ fact-checking page.
We are discussing with our digital editor to determine the exact placing of our fact-checking archive link, and will make it readily discoverable.
We will add to the text in this box on the blog page to clearly state that people are welcome to suggest fact checks or make complaints, also by following the link provided.
We will expand this part in the methodology to read:
“Balance of fact vs opinion: is it possible to isolate certain claims from the material?
Examples of claims we may able to examine will include captioning of images and videos, direct or paraphrased quotations, statistics and accounts of observable events.”
Conclusion and recommendations
Michael Wagner wrote:
Reuters News is a high quality news organization that is seeking to grow their fact checking section. They have produced fact-checks, but have not yet produced them on a regular basis for a sustained period of time. In order to be approved, I recommend that Reuters News begin conducting more regular fact-checks and list their fact-checking reporters on their website and include biographies of their fact-checking reporters. Second, Reuters News should set up a dedicated link on the main menu tabs on their website that sends readers to the fact-checking materials. There, they should make it easy for the audience to figure out how to contact Reuters News to suggest fact-checks and make complaints or requests for corrections. In their description of their methodology, Reuters News should describe the qualities that make a claim checkable. It is the case that Reuters’ political and community activity policy will not be compliant with IFCN standards, but it should be noted that their policy is realistic and reasonable.