The website offered an overview of its fact checks in December 2016, indicating the scope of this initiative during this first year of operation: http://www.thejournal.ie/thejournal-ie-2016-factcheck-review-of-the-year-3129320-Dec2016/.
During the year, Journal.ie produced 89 fact checks, examining 160 separate claims, according to this report. In the run-up to the 2016 Irish general election campaign, claims by candidates across the political spectrum were subjected to fact checking (http://www.thejournal.ie/ge16-fact-check/news/), with a variety of verdicts for the four main candidates.
The signatory’s declaration states that factual claims made by representatives of eight of Ireland’s nine political parties and parliamentary groupings have been examined overall, in addition to fact checks related to economics, health, science, immigration, climate science and other controversial issues.
The site uses a prescribed set of verdicts, which it describes and explains for readers on its ‘Readers Guide’ page (http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-a-readers-guide-to-how-it-works-and-how-you-can-take-part-2987611-Sep2016/). The page also includes this statement related to nonpartisanship:
‘We do our best to fact-check a wide range of issues, and examine the claims of a wide range of individuals and organisations. This is to try and ensure fairness and an even distribution in our fact checks, and avoid concentrating too much on one issue, or one person or group.
‘Our efforts on this will inevitably be imperfect, so if you ever feel this is the case, please let us know.’
Requests for fact checks can be submitted by anyone, including politicians and other civic leaders as well as members of the public. The site’s policy is to mention the source of the request if it comes from ‘the types of people and organisations who are normally the ones being fact-checked.’
2a marked as Fully compliant by Jane B. Singer.