We start by providing context to the claim we’re checking. Where and when was it said? To whom? Is there a history of repetition? Is there a reference that isn’t immediately clear?
We try not to overload text with definitions in our reports. We provide a succinct explanation and link to web pages that provide more details. A regular format that includes labels to help guide readers through complicated explanations is used.
Today, we have the Internet and an awful lot of writing is done online. Unlike writing on a piece of paper or in a notebook, the Internet can’t be buried or thrown away and forgotten. If you create a piece of writing and your fact checking was weak, it can linger for all to see for years and years.