About: Ashish Maharishi is working as a Fact Checker with Vishvas News. He haover s 16 years of experience in Digital and Print Media. He has worked with TV18 Group in Mumbai and Dainik Bhaskar Group in Bhopal. In digital journalism, he has previously worked with bhaskar.com and India Today Group’s website, Lallantop. Ashish is a Fact-Check Trainer and he has been giving training at Vishvas‘ flagship media literacy initiative 'Sach ke Sathi’.

Qualification: He is a Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal. Graduate from Rajasthan University, Jaipur.

Certification: Attendend Osint Masterclass on Special Workshop on Fact checking and Geolocation.

Crowdtangle training and Hands-on Fact-Checking: A Short Course – Poynter University’s eLearning course.
Attended Special Webinar on Data Verification, Tools and approaches to collect and analyse data efficiently and accurately.
Attended Special Webinar on Developing collaboration and new tools to combat misinformation.
Attended several other workshops on the subject organized by IFCN, GNI, Facebook, Crowdtangle, and ICFJ.
Full Google News Initiative (GNI) Digital Growth Program Advertising Revenue curriculum.


1: July 29, 2018
Vishvas News noticed a strike on Vishvas News Facebook Page on 29th July at 8.30 PM. It happened because Vishvas News Team member (Emp ID: PN0043) mistakenly rated our own story in Facebook dashboard. He had submitted Vishvas News’ fact-checked reference article in related content category. As a result, Vishvas News’s Facebook page received a strike. Later, the rating was corrected by him.
This was the story which was by mistake rated as false – https://www.vishvasnews.com/health/fact-check-post-claiming-caripill-cures-dengue-in-48-hours-is-misleading-2/

2: June 4
Team Vishvas News Member (Employee ID PN0043) had done an article in which it was wrongly mentioned that Congress MLA has been suspended by the party. The story was corrected with the correct information and a disclaimer on that was also put in the story.

3: May 7
Another Team member (Employee ID PN0058) had done a story on a viral video which claimed that it was Rishi Kapoor's last video in which he was listening and praising a young man in the hospital where the actor was admitted. Once the story was done, the first team member (Employee ID PN0043), while rating the video in Facebook dashboard, had rated it with the option - 'Video only'. Later, the rating was changed to the option - 'Video with Text Together'.

4: May 31
The story done by team member (Employee ID PN0043) was updated on May 31 to remove an unnecessary paragraph which was not required in the story.

5: December 18, 2020
The story done by team member (Employee ID PN0043) was updated on 18th Dec 2020 to remove an unnecessary paragraph which was not required in the story.

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