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Criterion 1a - Organization
Criterion 1b - OrganizationCriterion 2a - Nonpartisanship and fairness
Criterion 2b - Nonpartisanship and fairness
Criterion 3 - Transparency of sources
Criterion 4a - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4b - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 4c - Transparency of funding & organization
Criterion 5a - Transparency of methodology
Criterion 5b - Transparency of methodology
Criterion 6a - Open & honest corrections policy
Criterion 6b - Open & honest corrections policy
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3/1/2017 9:13:36NieuwscheckersPeter Burger and Alexander Pleijterp.burger@hum.leidenuniv.nl and a.r.j.pleijter@hum.leidenuniv.nlThe Netherlandswww.nieuwscheckers.nl and http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/: we currently use two URLs, but we intend to merge the sites in the near future. If you put us on the unverified signatories list, please use the first URL.Nieuwscheckers is a project by staff and students of Leiden University’s dept. of Journalism and New Media. This affiliation is on the about-page and homepage of our websites. So far, Nieuwscheckers has been part of our journalism students’ coursework. Since it is mandatory only for specific courses, the site is maintained intermittently. From 2009 onwards, students have checked news media coverage, focusing on science-related items. These factchecks have been archived on http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/

Recently (i.e. February-March 2017), we branched out into political fact-checking:
http://tidm.nl/nieuwscheckers/. This is a short-term project that serves as a pilot for a more permanent fact-checking project.
Fact-checks focusing on media coverage of science: over the years we have checked the accuracy of both science news and – often, but not always – the studies featured in the news. Topics range from the frivolous (‘Does the drink Stiff Bull provide men with an erection that lasts for three days?’) to the serious (‘Does obesity lower life expectancy?’). Media outlets checked range from tabloid websites to quality broadsheets. Examples:

Wijn drinken beschermt niet tegen Alzheimer http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?p=10000

Eten alle Nederlanders te zout? Dat ligt iets genuanceerder
http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?p=9912

Oud worden met obesitas?
http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?p=9583

http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?p=9995
Lelijkevrienden-effect bestaat, maar reken er niet op voor een date

Geeft Stiff Bull je seksleven vleugels? Dat blijkt tegen te vallen
http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?p=9953

Political fact-checks: in the run-up to the 15 March national elections, Nieuwscheckers assesses the accuracy of claims by leading politicians. The fact-checks published to date cover most of the major political parties. Topics include crime, migration, public health, the economy, and the job market. Examples:

http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/het-cda-is-helemaal-niet-zo-aow-onvriendelijk-als-55plus-beweert/
http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/de-halalisering-van-de-schoolkantine/
http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/de-etnobarometer-schreeuwende-koppen-gebaseerd-op-een-dubieuze-peiling/
http://www./nieuwscheckers.nl/worden-inburgeringsvragen-echt-wetenschappelijk-onderzocht/
http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/neemt-het-aantal-abortussen-vooral-onder-jonge-vrouwen-toe/

We strive to maintain coherent standards. Students receive training and they are handed a set of guidelines before they start checking. Fact-checks are vetted for accuracy and fairness by lecturers before publication.
The lecturers involved are not supposed to actively and publicly support a political party. The about-page of our project states: 'Om onpartijdige behandeling van beweringen te waarborgen, zijn begeleiders van het Nieuwscheckers-project niet politiek actief.' (i.e., In order to warrant impartial processing of claims, supervisors of the Nieuwscheckers project are not supposed to be actively involved in politics.)http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?page_id=34

Our fact-checks contain links to all relevant sources: the people we quote, the news items we discuss, the studies we assess. In one recent case involving an extensive check for which we contacted more than a hundred Dutch schools, we provided a separate page outlining the research design.
http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/over-nieuwscheckers/, http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/See http://nieuwscheckers.nl/over-nieuwscheckers/. All fact-checks carry the bylines of the student authors.http://nieuwscheckers.nl/over-nieuwscheckers/ and http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/ http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?page_id=34 One of the means we employ to ensure fair and accurate reporting is that we routinely contact the journalists, media outlet, researcher, or politician whose claims we dispute. A more extensive set of guidelines is handed out to the students. We’ll send a copy by email to factchecknet@poynter.org. Pending the present application, our about-page (http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/ states that we subscribe to the IFCN’s code of principles. http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/over-nieuwscheckers/ http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/#none (click ‘Tip ons’) http://www.journalistiekennieuwemedia.nl/NC/?page_id=34 The first item on this page: ‘Ook factcheckers kunnen fouten maken. Uitgangspunt is steeds open en transparant te zijn over de gehanteerde werkwijze. Fouten worden ruiterlijk erkend en waar nodig toegelicht (ook op het weblog).’ Nieuwscheckers can also be contacted on Twitter (@Nieuwscheckers) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nieuwscheckers/).
In February we fact-checked a politician’s claims about the rising number of abortions and the motivations of pregnant women to have an abortion. After publication a Twitter user pointed out the existence of a report we had overlooked, necessitating a correction. We added an update at the bottom of the original fact-check. See:
http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/neemt-het-aantal-abortussen-vooral-onder-jonge-vrouwen-toe/

After publication of a fact-check on the financial benefits of being in the EU, an economist argued for a more cautious conclusion. We contacted him, decided that he had a point, and added an update that strikes a more nuanced note.

http://www.nieuwscheckers.nl/d66-onderbouwt-het-belang-van-de-eu-voor-nederland-met-boterzachte-cijfers/

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