Fact-checking and editing process
Our experienced Sub Editors and Editors in our Canstar editorial team strive to ensure our finance articles are accurate, clear and provide consumers with the full picture. This is outlined in our Editorial Charter, and is particularly important during times of economic uncertainty, when consumers can be exposed to more frequent misinformation online.
Our Mission is to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their financial future, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. That’s why we have the following checks and balances in place:
- Our team of Editors and Sub Editors check the accuracy of all our new and updated content before it is published. This covers everything from double-checking facts and figures, through to making sure we are being clear, and providing consumers with a balanced picture. To this end, we scrutinise all data, sources and contributions to make sure they are relevant and not biased.
- We work closely with our expert Research team to ensure the Canstar data we use in our articles is as current and relevant as possible. We also work closely with a group of internal Product Specialists, who fact-check some of our articles on particularly niche areas of finance.
You can find out more about our wider Canstar editorial team.
Sean Callery is Deputy Editor at Canstar. His team covers just about every finance and lifestyle topic under the sun, from property to travel to the nitty-gritty of financial products like home loans, superannuation, and insurance. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism (Dublin City University) and a Masters Degree in Creative Advertising (Edinburgh Napier University), Sean has accumulated more than a decade of international experience in communications roles – in Australia, the UK and Ireland – across finance, banking, consumer and legal affairs, and more. His work as a journalist has featured in various publications and media outlets, including the Drogheda Independent, the Law Society of Scotland Journal and Ireland’s national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
Before joining Canstar, Sean oversaw content at Great Southern Bank (formerly CUA), one of Australia’s biggest member-owned financial institutions.
Amanda Horswill, Digital Editor
A journalist for more than two decades, Amanda Horswill has reported on a galaxy of subjects, including property, lifestyle, hyper-local news, data journalism, the Arts and careers. She’s served as the Editor of Brisbane News, Deputy Features Editor for The Sunday Mail, Deputy Editor – Digital at Quest Community News, and a host of other senior positions at News Corp, prior to joining Australia’s biggest financial comparison website, Canstar.
Amanda is fascinated with the ever-changing world of finance. A passionate believer in the motto “knowledge is power”, she strives to translate the news into practical information that will help readers make informed decisions about their future. When not analysing the latest economic news, Amanda can be found poring over local property listings, searching for her next renovation project.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Media Studies and Production, and Public Relations) and a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing from the University of Southern Queensland. You can follow Amanda on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Jacqueline Belesky, Sub Editor
Jacqui is a senior communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in journalism, editing, content strategy and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism conferred with Distinction from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and postgraduate qualifications in Writing, Editing and Publishing from UQ. As a Sub Editor, Jacqui ensures Canstar’s content on topics such as home loans, real estate, banking, superannuation, investing and insurance is balanced, engaging and informative for Australians.
Jacqui was previously a Global Content and Media Manager for ABB, overseeing communications for the Fortune 500 company’s energy business worldwide. In Australia, she has held senior editorial roles for the Queensland Government, The University of Queensland (UQ) and John Wiley & Sons, and specialised in communications for Hastings Deering, a Caterpillar dealership. Jacqui brings experience editing publications on business, finance, psychology, health, engineering and sustainability to her role. Her written work has featured in The Courier-Mail, The Gold Coast Bulletin and www.news.com.au, as well as on www.qld.gov.au, ChangeMakers and Contact, UQ’s Alumni & Community Magazine. During her career, Jacqui has edited financial statements and annual reports, including for ABB, UQ and TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services, as well as supplements on topics such as the global financial crisis.
Tom Letts, Sub Editor
As a Sub Editor at Canstar, Tom strives to help the team communicate its wealth of finance knowledge to the world in a way that is engaging, informative and accurate. Tom seeks to make sure consumers get the full picture on a range of money matters.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (French and International Relations) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Queensland, and previously spent around six years working as a quality assurance manager at Pacific Transcription, a global transcription company based in Brisbane. In his downtime, Tom enjoys learning languages, planning holidays and following election coverage. You can follow Tom on LinkedIn and Twitter.