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|Criterion 2a - Nonpartisanship and fairness||Criterion 2b - Nonpartisanship and fairness||Criterion 3 - Transparency of sources||Criterion 4a - Transparency of funding & organization|
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|Criterion 6a - Open & honest corrections policy|
Criterion 6b - Open & honest corrections policy
Maria Ressa and Gemma B. Mendoza
Philippines and Indonesia
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|Fact-checks are published in various sections of www.rappler.com. The section designation depends on the topic being fact checked.||Rappler adheres to standards of accuracy, truthfulness, and impartiality in our stories and reports. We strive to treat subjects of stories fairly. We exert maximum effort to get all sides of an issue or a story. Only information that is vetted by senior editors and obtained from at least 2 sources, or an authoritative source supported by documents, is published or aired on Rappler. |
Fact-checking claims made by third parties is built into Rappler’s regular editorial workflow.
These are samples of key fact checks done by Rappler:
FAST FACTS: Who invented the Philippine terno?, by Rappler.com, 27 Jan 2017
FACT CHECK: Is Manila cop who overran protesters back in service?, by Bea Cupin, 24 Jan 2017
Cagayan de Oro flooding: Did Pagasa give enough warnings?, by Gwen dela Cruz, 19 Jan 2017
Russia hits PH papers for 'not reporting' on Russian vessels, by Paterno Esmaquel II, 4 Jan 2017
Dela Rosa says PNP hit year-end drugs war target, by Bea Cupin, 27 Dec 2016
FACT CHECK: Ombudsman has no power to probe Dela Rosa US trip?, by Camille Elemia, 16 Nov, 2016
FACT CHECK: Was EDCA not signed by Aquino?, by Rappler.com, 4 Oct 2016
FACT CHECK: Gordon on UN silence, Chicago and PH killings, by Jodesz Gavilan, 3 Oct 2016
FACT CHECK: FA-50s criticized by Duterte are from S. Korea, not US, by Katerina Francisco, 9 Sept 2016
FACT CHECK: Security dog assigned to Cory not buried in Libingan, by Jodesz Gavilan, 8 Sept 2016
Has 'war on drugs' cut down crime?, by Bea Cupin, 25 Aug 2016
Duterte losing 2 policemen daily to drug war? Stats don’t say so, by Pia Ranada, 24 Aug 2016
FACT CHECK: One judge in Duterte list already dead for 8 years, by Jodesz Gavilan, 7 Aug 2016
Election data quash Marcos' cheating pattern claim, by Gemma B. Mendoza and Wayne Manuel, 14 May 2016
FACT CHECK: Did Grace Poe sign the coco levy bill?, by Camille Elemia, 22 Mar 2016
Corona lied about academic honors?
EXCLUSIVE: Did Bongbong Marcos lie about Oxford, Wharton?
Oxford University confirms Bongbong Marcos got only 'special diploma'
EXCLUSIVE: No master’s degrees for Ralph Recto
In the past months, Rappler has also been actively fact-checking fake news circulating on social media.
During the Presidential elections, editors, reporters and researchers fact-checked statements made by presidential candidates real-time.
|Rappler has a strict policy with respect to conflict of interest. This is not limited to political parties or advocacy organizations. In general, staff are required to disclose and avoid potential conflicts of interest situations, where loyalty to a person, group or institution could affect their ability to report about them truthfully.|
There is a strict policy as well to reject gifts or privileges that could influence the independence or create a perception of compromised independence.
Staff are also advised to avoid taking part in activities or being part of organizations which could limit or compromise their independence and endanger their professional integrity.
These principles are enshrined Rappler’s Code of Ethics which was initiated in 2012 and is updated from time to time as the need arises. The Code of Ethics is annexed to the Code of Conduct which every Rappler signs upon joining the organization.
The Code of Ethics serves as the skeleton / backbone of a daily operations manual that we maintain.
Through Move.PH, its civic engagement unit, Rappler works with citizen journalists in communities all over the country. Citizen journalists also sign the Movers’ Code of Ethics.
|As a rule, we always identify our sources in our stories. In our interviews and coverages, editors, reporters, production specialists, and photographers are expected to inform sources that they will be duly identified and quoted. They are discouraged from giving sources false assurances of anonymity in stories. There are exceptions to this rule, however, when it comes to sensitive stories, especially investigative reports or exposes. We use anonymous sources based on the following conditions: 1.) When the source has a proven track record of truthfulness and there is no one else who can provide such information immediately 2.) When the source is an insider or a whistle-blower whose life will be put at risk or whose job will be endangered if he is identified, but whose information can be verified with other sources or vetted in documents 3.) When the source’s information is confirmed by other independent sources or documents. We also do not allow just a general reference to “anonymous source” or “anonymous sources” in our stories. We exert effort to describe who they are and what they do. A close adviser of the President; a military officer who attended the command briefing; a senator who was privy to meetings that were held; etcetera. |
Whenever documents or stories cited in articles are available online, we either embed these source documents or hyperlink to the source material.
|Rappler started with 12 people in 2012 and grew quickly to an 80-member organization in a year. Seed funding was raised among its core founders who are members of the Rappler Board of Directors. This was publicly disclosed through these pages in the “About Rappler” section: http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/6677-the-people-behind-rappler http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/25724-2013-board-of-directors http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/98278-2014-2016-board-of-directors Rappler’s shareholders signed an agreement giving full editorial and management control to the journalists, whose collective aim is to create a truly independent news group and crowdsourcing platform free of vested interests. In 2015, Rappler raised its Series-B round focusing on strategic pillars of journalism and technology. As part of this round, journalism VC North Base Media (NBM) and Omidyar Network joined Rappler Holdings, the parent company of Rappler Inc. This was disclosed on these pages: http://www.rappler.com/nation/94379-top-journalists-independent-media-fund-invests-rappler http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/109992-omidyar-network-invests-rappler Rappler sustains itself through advertising and grants. Ads are clearly marked and published under a section called BrandRap. (http://www.rappler.com/brandrap) Donors and partner groups for grant-funded projects are also clearly indicated in pages featuring the projects. http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/knowledge-base/100141-agos-partners http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/hunger||This page links to the profile pages of members of the Rappler team: http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us||This page links to Rappler’s contact information. It is accessible through the website’s masthead http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/1557-contact-us||We fact-check claims made by third parties when these contradict information we know to be true based on previously published stories, Rappler’s extensive database built over time, and information obtained from authoritative and credible sources. Fact-checking covers the following, but are not limited to: names, places, dates, amounts or statistics, achievements or accomplishments, among others. The fact-checking process is open to readers and followers on social media. Verification of errors are made by senior editors who double check with credible sources, concerned private institutions, agencies of government, or other primary sources, before corrections are made. These factual errors are called out and labeled as inaccurate or false – in stories, video, and shareable social media posts. We use infographics, text stories, and video to correct misinformation or glaring inaccuracies. We have also called out the use of hate speech and violence online via our zero-tolerance policy against hate speech in our comments section: http://www.rappler.com/views/143975-no-place-for-hate-change-comes-to-rappler-comments-thread||Rappler has a full-time social media team that actively engages and gathers feedback regarding our stories real-time through the comments sections, the social media, and through email. Suggestions for fact-check coming from our readers are captured by this team which then turns such requests over to the editorial and research teams for review.||In cases where errors are committed, we immediately acknowledge the mistake and issue an erratum directly on the page or platform where the error was published and alert readers and followers on social media of factual errors. On top of that, we are one of the few newsgroups in the Philippines that maintains an updated Corrections Page, which lists factual errors and systems infractions. http://www.rappler.com/bulletin-board/41751-corrections||This is the link to Rappler’s corrections page. |