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Annie Lab @ HKU Journalism

ANNIE
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Nov 1 · 4 min read
Annie Lab newsroom is a fact-checking project at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong (HKU Journalism) in collaboration with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit educational organization registered in Hong Kong (CR number 2890935).

Background

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.

In October 2019, the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong (HKU Journalism) co-established a daily fact-checking newsroom in partnership with ANNIE (Asian Network of News & Information Educators), a not-for-profit organization focusing on news literacy education in Asia.

Annie Lab offers a lab environment that simulates a working newsroom. It is a hybrid of professional news organization and student training program based on the pedagogical models developed by ANNIE and supervised by faculty members of HKU Journalism, all of whom are former journalists who have worked in various Asian countries.

Staff

Cherry Lai / Guiding Editor
Cherry is a teaching assistant at HKU Journalism and works as one of the two guiding editors in Annie Lab. She joined the university in June 2020. Before beginning a career in teaching fact-checking, Cherry was a senior radio reporter at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), covering healthcare policies and medical news. Cherry started her journalism career as a newspaper reporter at Mingpao.

Purple Romero / Guiding Editor
Purple is a teaching assistant at HKU Journalism and also a guiding editor. As an experienced multimedia journalist, she has produced reports on the environment, gender issues, labor migration and foreign relations for such news organizations as Rappler, Channel News Asia, South China Morning Post and VICE. Before joining Annie Lab, Purple also worked as a member of the fact-checking team at AFP Philippines.

Masato Kajimoto / Supervising Editor
Masato is an associate professor of practice at HKU Journalism and also the founder of ANNIE. He specializes in misinformation ecosystem research and development of pedagogical models, especially in the field of news literacy education including fact-checking. Before joining HKU, Masato worked as an online reporter and web producer at CNN International.

Li Chen / Editorial and administrative assistant

Student reporters
All stories featured on our website are written by HKU students who work in shifts Monday through Friday under the editorial guidance of the faculty members. About a dozen students are involved in fact-checking every week. Each of our stories carries a byline that shows reporters’ names. For a sensitive story, however, we use “Annie Lab Team” byline for security concerns.

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Our newsroom is located in historical Eliot Hall at HKU Journalism

Finance

However, under the collaboration agreement, ANNIE donates a certain amount of money annually to the Journalism and Media Studies Centre in order to compensate for lab-specific expenses beyond regular coursework.

ANNIE is a registered company limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit structure in Hong Kong. Its annual report will be publicly available and searchable starting from late 2021 after its first tax filing (through Hong Kong government’s Companies Registry — CR number 2890935).

HKU Journalism accepts direct donations from external funders; in 2020, it received the following donations specific to Annie Lab:

  • ANNIE: HK$380,000 (about US$49,000)
  • Google News Initiative: HK$120,000 (about US$15,000)

Our work

Annie Lab follows strict editorial guidelines, labeling systems and standards.

It became a member of the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute in February 2020. Its work has also been recognized by Duke Reporters’ Lab as one of the global fact-checking sites.

In October 2020, an online news media 眾新聞 (Hong Kong Citizen News) began cross-posting Annie Lab’s articles on its website and social media platforms for wider audience as well.

Contact

annie lab

Fact-checking project @ HKU Journalism

ANNIE

Written by

ANNIE

Official account of Asian Network of News & Information Educators

annie lab

annie lab

Fact-checking project @ Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with Asian Network of News & Information Educators (ANNIE).

ANNIE

Written by

ANNIE

Official account of Asian Network of News & Information Educators

annie lab

annie lab

Fact-checking project @ Journalism & Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with Asian Network of News & Information Educators (ANNIE).

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