Popular news service Fact Check returns today in a partnership between ABC News and RMIT University.
Check the facts on: Who is saying what about Gonski? What do big banks pay in levies around the world? And what makes you a millionaire?
RMIT ABC Fact Check is a non-profit, nonpartisan collaboration that tests and adjudicates on the accuracy of claims made by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in public debate, informing Australia’s most important public policy discussions.
ABC Director of News Gaven Morris said: “It is a good time to have Fact Check back in the ABC News arsenal. With the need for accurate, verified information growing ever more acute, fact-check journalism is an effective method of investigating contentious claims for our audiences, giving them the full context and delivering a verdict they can trust.”
Professor Paul Gough, RMIT Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President, said: “The partnership builds on RMIT’s reputation for producing journalism graduates with integrity, credibility and commitment to the highest standard and principles of media practice.
"The team will be located in our new media precinct, featuring multiple production, teaching and research spaces – all with state-of-the-art technology and industry-leading facilities.”
The Fact Check team is headed by Director Russell Skelton, a Walkley Award-winning journalist who founded and ran the original ABC Fact Check from 2013 until mid-2016.
The ABC retains final editorial control of, and responsibility for, all Fact Check content published by the ABC. Content will be subject to all the ABC’s Editorial Policies and its normal complaints handling procedures.
Is there a fact you want checked? Do you disagree with a verdict? Contact RMIT ABC Fact Check.
For media enquiries: email@example.com (RMIT) or Sally Jackson, 0405 115 158 (ABC).