Tirto.id

Organization: Tirto.id
Applicant: Frendy Kurniawan
Assessor: Shita Laksmi
Edits made by the organization after this assessment

IFCN Staff wrote:

The applicant made changes in criterions 1b, 2a, 2b, 3, 4a, 4b, 5 and 6 and added comments to this application


From the assessor:

Tirto has improved its transparency process for funding and research methodology, by following actions: added a page related to fact checking methodology at https://tirto.id/insider/metodologiriset, put specific email address for readers to give feedback through factcheck@tirto.id and gave information on the funders of Tirto in its about us page. Based on my assessment, the correction policy should be more adjusted. In general, assessor is recommending Tirto to be part of International Fact Checking Network.  


Conclusion and recommendations
on 12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Shita Laksmi wrote:

The organization is compliant with most of principles but should make edits to be accepted. The main areas for improvement are its transparency policies, related to: sources, funding, methodology and correction. Based on this assessment, assessor thinks that improvements for those issues are doable if Tirto willing to comply fully with this checklist. The other issue that needs a slight improvement is organizational compliance.

Assessor know the owner and CEO of Tirto, Mr. Atmaji Sapto Anggoro but this does not affect impartiality of this assessment. Correspondences during assessment process were with Mr. Arlian Buana Crissandi.

There are two annexes for this checklist:

Annex I: Correspondences document

Annex II: Legal Document on Establishment of Tirto

on 12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Shita Laksmi recommended Accept with edits


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.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto is not an exclusively set up fact checking organization but has a distinct fact-checking section on the website (https://tirto.id/q/periksa-data-gqo) Though this does not directly reflect on its organizational structure –some of the writers of that specific section are part of the research department.


done 1a marked as Partially compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

https://tirto.id/q/periksa-fakta-gnQ

During the fact checking process, we only refer to reliable source. Our company has three level of source. The first level is government (public) and company (private) data. The second level is intergovernmental organization (ex: UN), international institution (ex: world bank, IMF), reliable consultant and research institution (ex: BCG, Nielsen) and top-tier journal (ex: AMA). The third level is national news agency.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto publishes specific reports under section: Checking the Data (in Bahasa Indonesia titled: Periksa Data) on a regular basis. Mostly twice a week (from June 2017 until now).


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Comment: In its fact checking section, Tirto covers variety of subjects depending on context and news value. During the election of Jakarta in 2017, Tirto stands impartial for all candidates.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

https://tirto.id/insider/about-us

As we state in link above, we commmit to stand on all groups equally, as well as non partisan. tirto.id does not involve and work with any political interest.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

Tirto has an explanation on where its stand – that is not related any political interest and party—and its mentioned here: https://tirto.id/insider/about-us. In our correspondence, Tirto mentioned its compliance with laws, regulations and journalistic code of ethics in Indonesia. However, there is no detail policy developed within Tirto on this specific issue.  


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

During the fact checking process, we only refer to reliable source. Our company has three level of source. The first level is government (public) and company (private) data. The second level is intergovernmental organization, international institution, reliable consultant and research institution and top-tier journal . The third level is national news agency. Tirto.id always state the source of data, either in body text, as well in infographic that we published. Thus, readers could easily replicate and find the source by themselves. ex: https://tirto.id/membaca-tren-peningkatan-turis-arab-saudi-ke-bali-cjUo

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto provides its sources which they put it in the narrative and under graphics, but link to online source and or specific document is not available.


done 3a marked as Partially compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)
Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto submitted a legal founding document to assessor and it mentions clearly on the owners and funding provided during that period. This document is not open to public. There is an explanation regarding who is the owner of Tirto in wiki page but again not detailing the funding.


done 4a marked as Partially compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Authors are written in the article but no biographies linked.


done 4b marked as Partially compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)
Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago) Updated: 2 months ago

There is a general “contact us” section on the web but not one specific channel for complaints and comments. Tirto explained that most of the comments they received are through social media platforms (e.g. facebook messenger, twitter and Instagram) and office email. Internally Tirto has developed an “editor correction-request form. 


done 4c marked as Partially compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Please refer to the answer of Criterion 3

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

There is no information available on the website regarding Tirto’s methodology.


cancel 5a marked as Non compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto.id allows reader to submit the data. Requirement for submiting the data: source, link/copy of data and we will verify the data.

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

There is no dedicated channel of communication for readers to submit claims to check.


cancel 5b marked as Non compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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.

Tirto.id
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Submitted to factchecknet@poynter.org. Subject: Correction Policy of tirto.id

Files Attached
insert_drive_file 6a - handbook of cor... (15 KB)
Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Tirto submitted its correction policy to Poynter but this is not open to public. The general “contact us” channel is being used to submit correction.


cancel 6a marked as Non compliant by Shita Laksmi.

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

Shita Laksmi Assessor
12-Jan-2018 (11 months ago)

Missing


cancel 6b marked as Non compliant by Shita Laksmi.