WHY SHOULD I ACCEPT ANYTHING YOU SAY?

You shouldn’t. We provide source links, so you can see more for yourself and make up your own mind.

Keep in mind that not everything is black and white and that’s part of the point for investigating a claim.

If our fact‐checked claim doesn’t look right to you, please tell us: feedback@factcheckni.org

We’ll reply to your feedback and make it right. If we get it wrong, we’ll say so, publically.

WHAT’S YOUR BIAS?

We are acutely aware that in a contested place such as Northern Ireland, many people use a “telling process” to try to discover “which side” someone is coming from.

Everyone involved at FactCheckNI ‐‐ volunteers, interns, committee members, team managers and the board ‐‐ work under the fundamental principles of impartiality, transparency and accuracy.

Impartiality means that we cover claims across the political spectrum, without fear or favour. We check all sides, and provide the widest range of sources for a fact‐checked claim. Our final articles involve many participants in its creation, and thus we do not publish author by‐lines; you can review our project team here.

Transparency means that we will always attempt to contact the source of the claim. We provide links to sources (always public; never anonymous ones). You will be able to discover the source of our sources.

Accuracy means that we double‐check a fact‐checked claim with at least two people before publishing. When we make mistakes, we correct them as quickly as possible, and allow viewers to easily see what we’ve corrected.

ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL IF A POLITICIAN IS LYING?

Lying means that someone purposefully intended to mislead someone else. That’s a hard case to prove, and that’s not what we do. (Even in Parliament, declaring a fellow member as lier is a serious accusation)

We are not trying to examine the intent behind a statement, rather, many of us are probably guilty of saying something inaccurate to another person or group, later relieved that it was likely forgotten. For politicians, in the media glaze and covering a wide range of topics, their mistakes are rapidly replayed across the airwaves and social media channels.

We believe that what is more important than catching a politician out is to present the additional perspectives and/or nuances of a claim. You can then decide how much a public representative is consistent with his or her facts.

WHAT STUFF DO YOU FACT‐CHECK?

Our focus at the start of this endeavour is to serve the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland, particularly in regards to encouraging civic activism. Thus, our topics of interest are those that affect them particularly, like crime, the economy, Europe, and the outworkings of the peace process.

We’ll fact‐check claims made by politicians and journalists, as well as popular myths (where we can substantiate them).

We are not yet able to fact‐check live events, major policy announcements (like a Government Budget), or election campaigns.

But our Media Monitors and Writers/Researchers are always working on our priority topics, so that we’re prepared for some of these rapid statements.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A CLAIM TO BE FACT‐CHECKED?

Simply by emailing it to us: claim@factcheckni.org

We cannot promise to check every claim suggested but we do promise to read all suggestions.

It would be helpful if you provide as much information as possible, such as date, source, and any particular reason why you’re skeptical of the claim.

We will then submit it to our editorial process. While we will acknowledge receipt of your submitted claim, we may not be able to reply how far we process it ‐‐ we cover several topics with varying turnaround times. Yet we welcome claims from the public for consideration.

HOW CAN I HELP OUT?

If you like our work, you can help by giving a regular or one‐off donation: http://factcheckni.org/donate

If you have expertise in one of our topics, and agree with us that fact‐checking can improve the quality of public debate in Northern Ireland, then please let us know so we can add you to our roster of Writers/Researchers. We do pay for fact‐checked claims, but without by‐lines. Contact us at: info@factcheckni.org

If you have even just a few hours a week to spare, you can assist us by becoming a FactCheckNI Media Monitor volunteer. We’ll provide training, support and some craic!