As the final episode of Q&A for 2017 goes to air, The Conversation team would like to thank all the Q&A viewers and Conversation readers who requested fact-checks in response to claims made by politicians and prominent Australians during the show’s live broadcasts.
We salute your commitment to seeking out and sharing in-depth, high quality information, and to improving public debate in Australia.
We’d also like to thank the many Conversation academic FactCheck authors who gave so generously of their time and expertise to bring you the facts.
The Conversation has collaborated with Q&A since 2015. We respond to FactCheck requests from Q&A viewers, and live-tweet during each week’s broadcast – sharing fact-checks that are relevant to the discussions as they unfold.
Here are some of your 2017 FactCheck Q&A requests, and the answers from the academic experts:
You can learn more about The Conversation’s unique FactCheck process in this 72-second animation. We hope you’ll share it with others who care about reliable information.
And you can read more Conversation FactChecks here.
We’ll look forward to receiving more of your #FactCheck #QandA requests when the show returns in 2018. In the meantime, remember you can send us fact-check requests on any topic by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, again, for your commitment to seeking out high quality information, and for sharing the facts.
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Have you seen a “fact” worth checking? The Conversation’s FactCheck asks academic experts to test claims and see how true they are. We then ask a second academic to review an anonymous copy of the article. You can request a check at email@example.com. Please include the statement you would like us to check, the date it was made, and a link if possible.
Authors: Lucinda Beaman, FactCheck Editor