Organization: The Quint
Applicant: Abhilash Mallick
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
The applicant added information on funding on its website at the link: https://www.thequint.com/about-us/how-we-are-funded
Conclusion and recommendations
Kanchan Kaur wrote:
The applicant is a fact-checking section of a legally registered media outlet, and has published over the average of one fact-check per week over the past three months. It has also published fact-checks by other fact-checking organisations, though due credit is given to them.
The applicant's fact checks are made using similar standards and cover a variety of subjects, and most aspects of the topic.
The applicant seems to have an admirable code of conduct for employees to sign, but some of it ought to be on the web page, too.
Key sources are usually referenced, and linked online. However, several of these sources belong to other fact-checking websites, so the reader has to go through those websites and then replicate the fact-check.
The applicant has submitted an undertaking about the funding of the fact-checking section of the media house, but the website itself does not contain any details on funding.
The applicant has listed all key actors and writers in a section of the fact-checking section of the website and makes it very clear how readers can get in touch with it. It has also created a space on its website to explain its fact-checking methodology.
The applicant's website clearly indicates to readers how they can send claims to fact-check. It would help for them to provide statistics on the frequency of reader-submitted fact-checks.
The corrections policy is clearly listed in the employees' handbook, and is clearly mentioned in the applicant's website, especially in the fact-checking section.
The website provided one example of correction, but that was not very clear. However, it does have a clear, committed corrections policy. It would help for the applicant to provide more and put corrections in a prominent place on the website.