What's inside this article:
- Basic information
- Set the main title
- Create a URL slug
- Add the statement
- Add the verdict
- Select Categories
- Save and publish the FactCheck
- Learn more
FactCheck presents an objective analysis of a statement that has been widely circulated and presented as fact. This article describes the most important settings for creating a FactCheck page.
To create a new FactCheck page, go to New > Content > FactCheck in the top menu.
Add the title for the FactCheck page via General > Title.
After you prepare the main title, we recommend creating a URL slug. The URL slug is included in the URL for the page and is important for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Create the URL slug via General > URL Slug. For detailed information, see the following article:
The statement is the direct quote that is objectively assessed on the FactCheck page. Hit Statement in the left panel to provide details relating to the statement.
The following settings are available:
- Statement author image
- Statement author
- Statement author description
- Statement content
- Statement source
- Statement source URL
Hit Select content to add an image representing the person or organization that issued the statement.
Under Statement author, enter the name of the person or organization that issued the statement.
Under Statement author description, provide additional details about the Statement author.
If the Statement author is a person, you might include:
- The organization they represent
- Their role in that organization
- Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson
If the Statement author is an organization, you might include:
- The type of organization
- The country where the organization is based
- Chinese state-run English newspaper
Under Statement content, enter the exact statement. We recommend surrounding the statement in quotation marks, for example:
- “We have never invaded any country. We have never started any proxy war. We have never engaged in global military operations or threatened other countries with force.”
Under Statement source, enter the name of the platform where the statement was published. Optionally provide a date, for example:
- China Daily's Weibo account, February 13, 2023
Possible sources include:
- Social media accounts
- TV channels
Under Statement source URL, enter a URL that will direct visitors to the statement source.
The URL will open if a visitor hits the Statement source on the public site.
The verdict is the objective assessment of the statement. Hit Verdict in the left panel to enter details relating to the verdict.
The following settings are available:
- Verdict title
- Short verdict description
- Verdict icon
- Verdict color
- Verdict introduction
- Verdict content
Under Verdict title, enter a direct and simplified verdict.
You might using the following:
- Likely false
Under Short verdict description, optionally provide additional details to justify the Verdict title.
Consider providing a Short verdict description if you used a Verdict title that might benefit from further elaboration (such as Unsubstantiated or Likely false).
Under Verdict icon, select an icon to display next to the Verdict title.
Under Verdict introduction, provide a brief summary of the Verdict content.
The Verdict introduction is applied as the general introduction for the page, which might be visible:
- When the FactCheck is promoted on widgets (including FactCheck widgets)
- On Category archive pages
- In the search results on the public site
- When the FactCheck is shared via social media
Under Verdict content, provide the main content that explains and justifies the Verdict title.
The Verdict content can include text, as well as the following embedded items:
- Internal images: Images that have been uploaded to CMS.
- External images: Images from the following external agencies:
- AFP (Agence France-Presse)
- AP (Associated Press)
- External media: Approved external media items (such as Tweets and Datawrapper visualizations).
- Content items: Content items published by your site (such as Videos, Audio clips, and Snippets).
- See Also links: Rich links to other content pages published by your site.
For detailed instructions, see the following articles:
Categories (previously Zones) organize content pages on your site by topic. For example, your site might have a Politics Category for all content relating to politics. Categories work like folders on your computer, where the content pages are stored. You cannot save the content page until it is added to at least one Category.
Add the FactCheck page to a Category via General > Categories.
For detailed information about adding a content page to a Category, see the following article:
Before saving the FactCheck page, select your preferred option in the Status drop-down menu:
- Draft: The FactCheck will be assigned the Draft status after you save it. It will not be visible on the public site, but it will be available for further editing in CMS.
- Edited: The FactCheck will be assigned the Edited status after you save it. It will not be visible on the public site, but it will be available for further editing in CMS.
- Published: The FactCheck will be assigned the Published status after you save it. It will be visible on the public site, and it will be available for further editing in CMS.
Hit Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.
This article describes just the most important settings for creating and publishing a FactCheck page. The following articles might also be helpful:
- Adding a Main image on a content page
- Adding Website teaser settings
- Adding Social media settings
- Adding Related content on a content page
- Assigning and managing Tags
- Assigning priority
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