Last updated in January 2023.
Every fact-check is different but all FamilyEducation content that falls into the following categories:
- News/current events
- politics/voting, government and law
- health and safety
- equality, diversity and inclusion
- fitness and nutrition
- housing information, choosing a college, finding a job
… will be reported, sourced and verified to the best of our abilities at the time of publication.
Our fact-checkers review articles for factual accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. They also ensure we're using the most current and reputable sources, both cited in the text and listed at the bottom of each article.
Our reporting process includes the following:
- Thorough research through search engines like Google and/or verified/highly credible sources such as government sites or long-standing (and politically neutral) news outlets with a history of robust and accurate reporting.
- Searching online databases and public records.
- Reaching out to parties that are the focus of a fact-check to include their perspective.
- Reviewing publications, academic studies and other original data and documentation.
- In cases where FamilyEducation fact-checkers must cite reports from news media that rely on unnamed or unattributed sources (usually due to the extreme newsworthiness of the information or report), we note that we cannot independently verify their reporting.
From time to time, mistakes happen. FamilyEducation issues corrections with the appropriate transparency as quickly as possible if an error has occurred.
Depending on the platform on which the fact check was originally published, corrections may be handled differently to address platform differences but in the main, corrections or updates will be added to the bottom of text article fact checks featured on FamilyEducation’s website.
Readers can bring errors to our attention by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us a direct message on any of our FamilyEducaiton social channels. We may not respond in cases where the correction cannot be verified.
Please note: Recently, FamilyEducation has adopted the editorial guidelines of the Associated Press Stylebook. Therefore, our fact-checking policy aims to confirm to the AP Stylebook’s Health, Science, and Environment Reporting guidelines.