Fact Check

NewsMeter reporters have a primary responsibility to report, write and factcheck their stories. These stories are reviewed by one or more editors/ factcheckers and only then posted on the website.

Fact Check Methodology:

1. Selection of a claim to Fact check:

We monitor different social media platforms and verify the authenticity of the viral news. The tweets, statements and posts of politicians and influencers from various walks of life are monitored. Several users message us directly or tag us on tweets with some claims which need verification. We ensure that there is no political bias in selecting the claims to be fact-checked.

2. Verification of the claim:

Thorough analysis of the origin and context of the claim are done. Date of origin of the claim is crucial, the source of the claim needs to be a reliable one. Images are searched using Google reverse image search to backtrack the earliest date they were posted. In case of videos, we use online tools like Invid, to extract the keyframes from the video and then those pictures are used for reverse image search. Any kind of manipulation, such as photoshop, can be found out using this technique. Official press releases, posts or tweets of official and verified social media handles are also used.

Claims from various languages can also be checked by translating the content to any desirable language by using translating tools like Google translate etc. Features like Geolocation, Maps, Street view etc are used to identify the location of the image or video.

Various search engines like Yandex, Bing, Baidu, Tineye along with Google are used to find and analyze the origin of the claims shared.

3. Research:

Publicly available resources such as News releases from authentic news agencies, reputed media websites are used in the verification process. Evidence in the form of pictures, videos are sorted and presented to either support or refute the claim made.

For the understanding of the user, the techniques used for fact-checking are listed and presented well, links of the resources used are hyperlinked in the story to make it authentic.

4. Fact Check:

Based on the research done, the claim is concluded as

  • True
  • Partly True
  • False

Some claims which cannot be fact checked, due to lack of enough evidence, will be pronounced as Unverified.

5. Correction policy:

The editor inspects every Fact check story before it is published to avoid any factual errors. Readers are encouraged to link the page with your policy to address corrections and mail us at [email protected].

We are open to Constructive criticism and feedback.

Fact Check Team:

Team in English:

Coreena Suares (Editor & Fact Checker)

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Having over nine years of experience, her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. A post-graduate in Mass Communication, Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Throughout her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life. She is also a certified fact-checker by Google News Initiative. She also has conducted fact checking sessions in universities like UoH.

Satya Priya BN (Fact Checker)

Motivated professional with zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than five years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government-accredited Multimedia Journalist. A science Post Graduate, with excellent computing skills, She is a fact-checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

Aiswarya Sriram (Journalist & Fact Checker)

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian
Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya loves to do rural reporting. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

Team in Telugu:

Satya Priya BN (Fact Checker)

Motivated professional with zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than five years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government-accredited Multimedia Journalist. A science Post Graduate, with excellent computing skills, She is a fact-checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

Saptagiri Gopagoni (Fact Checker)

He is a certified Fact-checker from Google and a seasonal Journalist. He has formerly worked with Telugu daily.

Geetika Rustagi

Geetika Rustagi has trained the entire NewsMeter team (English & Telugu). She is GNI certified fake news fact-checker who teaches at GNI, Hindustan Times, Livemint, NDTV, and ACJ India. She has briefed them about the tools required for a fact-checker, and also showed them few case studies.

Promoters and funding sources of NewsMeter

The company is promoted by A Bharani Kumar and B V Reddy. A Bharani Kumar is a graduate in commerce and his vision of setting up an independent fact checking news site has been realised with News meter. B V Reddy is a registered private medical practitioner who is known for his medical service.

Funding

  • Investment from promoters
  • Newsmeter receives funding(revenue) through advertisements from Google Adsense and other advertisers.
  • Newsmeter recieves funding(revenue) through providing content to news aggregators like daily hunt