The way our student reporters present their verification

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(Note: The following documentation is a work-in-progress. It is subject to occasional reviews and revisions)

Headline format

  • Label: Fact-checking conclusion


  • False: The claim is demonstrably false. The photo/video has been doctored. Main debunking is about the claim and/or the authenticity of photo/video.
  • Misleading: Non-altered (not manipulated) evidence is used out of context or in a misleading way. The key evidence may be fact-based, but the claim and information associated with the evidence is not true.
  • No evidence: The claim cannot be substantiated with evidence in any way. …

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By Annie Lab team

Just when we are getting ready for the new semester, our university has decided to suspend all classes until Feb. 17 — “in light of the latest development of the novel coronavirus.” [update: our courses are now suspended until further notice].

It means our newsroom will be closed as well and our fact-checking project won’t be in full swing anytime soon. Until then, we will have to see what we can do with limited resources.

So, we decided to experiment with Flipboard and have created a magazine to share our bookmarks of all the coronavirus verification stories we come across.

Please feel free to follow us and if you have any content that has not yet been investigated by anyone, please contact us.

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Annie Lab is a member of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute since January 2020. We work with more than 100 fact-checkers around the world to investigate misinformation, find facts and disseminate findings surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.Our work has also been recognized by Duke Reporters' Lab as one of the global fact-checking sites.

In recent years a constant stream of fraudulent news stories has given rise to troubling cultural trends and alarming political movements across the world.

False claims, misleading factoids, exaggerations, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, questionable advertising, radical extremism and other types of misinformation and disinformation are now being masqueraded and distributed as news. …


Masato Kajimoto

An associate professor at HKU Journalism, specializing in news literacy & misinformation ecosystem in Asia. 香港大學副教授 (ジャーナリズム)。専門はアジアにおける情報の生態系及びニュースリテラシー。

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