Requirements and criteria for the selection of materials for verification

There are three main headings on “Factcheck”, “Investigations”, “Media criticism”. When selecting materials and creating articles, the editors are guided by the following requirements for materials and selection criteria for each of the formats.




Publications in the “Factcheck” section must meet the following requirements.


Selection criteria:

  • Availability of factual data that can be verified;
  • Information is disseminated publicly in the media, social networks, messengers;
  • Is significant for society, reflects topical issues;
  • In case readers contact the editorial office.


Object of investigation: a public statement, a resonant fact that can be investigated.


Essence of the matter: informational preamble, which provides additional clarification and precedes the evidentiary elements.


Evidence and Arguments:

  • facts, statistics, documents and documentary evidence obtained only from open official sources;
  • information from experts, supported by documentary evidence or links to open sources.


Verdict: conclusion-verdict (not true, true, half-truth, not proven, manipulation) with a short reasoned explanation.





Publications in the “Investigations” section must meet the following requirements.


Object of investigation:

  • a certain resonant fact;
  • an event requiring investigation;
  • the phenomenon that needs to be analyzed;
  • a statement that must be refuted or confirmed;
  • documentary evidence / document, the authenticity or unreliability of which must be proved.


Evidence base: 

  • various statistics, documented facts, testimonies of participants and witnesses of the event;
  • used documents and facts can be from both official and insider sources.


Expert commentary or opinion: confirms or refutes the evidence base; to avoid subjectivity, comments from two or more experts are usually used.


Conclusion: The quintessence of the aggregate investigation data analysis.





Selection criteria: 


  • public resonance (involvement in social networks);
  • public dissemination.


Subjects of criticism: scientists, journalists, public figures, politicians.


Object of criticism: media materials, statements of public figures, politicians and scientists.


Material assessment indicators:

  • manipulations;
  • propaganda;
  • hate speech;
  • codes of ethics for journalists;
  • laws and regulations.


The methodology and classification of indicators are indicated with reference to scientific research or articles.


Conclusion: The quintessence of the aggregate data analysis.


VISUALIZATION of publications


For the convenience of perception and attracting the interest of an additional audience, the editorial office visualizes the most resonant and relevant publications.


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