Eufactcheck.eu

EUFACTCHECK is the fact-checking project of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) that intends to build a sustainable curriculum unit on fact-checking within a European network of Journalism schools.

Through factchecking European political claims and trying to tackle misinformation, we want our students and our public to grow a deeper insight and interest in democratic processes, both on national and European level. EUFACTCHECK wishes to motivate fact-based debate in the EU and to stimulate media and information literacy.

For more information about the project: nadia.vissers@ap.be

Participating EJTA Schools

Council of Europe Prize for Fact Checking 2019

The Council of Europe Prize is awarded on a yearly basis to the students’ publication on www.eufactcheck.eu that shows best EUfactcheck’s methodology and approach. It is created with support of the Council of Europe, and not meant to be a financial award, but a honourable mentioning of the title, which the respective winning school can carry with pride all year long.

The 2019 jury (Giuseppe Zaffuto, Council of Europe / Jan Jagers, Belgian professional fact-checker / Nico Drok and Alexandra Stark, EJTA) selected three fact checks as a final top three.

Out of their report:

“The jury is full of praise for all shortlist entries that show the EUfactcheck project is extremely valuable, certainly but not only from a journalistic-didactic point of view. All publications show how seriously and meticulously students checked the facts, but also prove their awareness of the complexity of factual correctness or ‘the’ reality. All publications on the short list treated complex topics, used relevant sources in a transparent way. They all followed the EUfactcheck format and illustrated the fact check’s content creatively. The final top three was selected on the basis of methodology, with specific stress on relevance and scope.”

And here are the finalists:

  1. True: 80 percent of the European money for agriculture goes to the 20 percent largest farmers’ by Utrecht University of Applied Sciences.
  2. Mostly false: the YES survey is representative of the European youth’ by University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
  3. Mostly true: asylum seekers and refugees are clearly overrepresented in both sexual assaults and aggression offences’ by Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart.

The jury also wants to give a special mention to the best Behind the Facts-publication in 2019 and this honourary title goes to the blog post ‘Copy-paste journalism’ by Artevelde University College Gent.

Our factcheck methodology and toolbox

Code of Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN)

As an educational fact-checking project we realise that it is of utmost importance to have and use an instrument to check ourselves.

That’s is why we adhere to the existing commitments of the Code of Principles of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and declare that we abide by:
A commitment to nonpartisanship and fairness
A commitment to transparency of sources
A commitment to transparency of funding & organization
A commitment to transparency of methodology
A commitment to open and honest corrections.

Since we’re not a 24/7 fact-checking organisation with an incorporation status or indefinite lifespan and as such we won’t attempt to obtain the IFCN verification badge.

EUCheck revised

Fact-checking flowchart

We developed a step-by-step fact-checking flowchart to help students and their teachers to follow a rigorous and uniform methodology in fact checking.

The fact check flowcharts are available from this page.

factchecking flowchart

Participating schools

Hogeschool Utrecht
FH Wien
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Artesis Plantijn University College
Aristotle University
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Linneaus University
Catholic University of Milan