Writing and editing

Restoring confidence in public statements by independently testing and verifying the facts

After thorough research, AAP FactCheck journalists write a concise, annotated draft based on the expert opinion and data. It is then reviewed by the AAP FactCheck Editor, who fact-checks the copy, ensures the reference material has been correctly interpreted and used, challenges the assertions made and ensures the piece meets all AAP FactCheck standards.

The copy is refined as necessary before the AAP FactCheck team discusses and applies the appropriate verdict. The Editor has final discretion on the verdict. The copy is then sent to the AAP Production Desk where it is copy-edited (for grammar, spelling, structure and logic) before being published.