Our team comprises of highly committed journalists who are dedicated to busting fake news stories. The team is well versed with all state-of-the-art verification tools. The team works round the clock to make sure that no fake news corrupts the thoughts of innocent readers. Our goal is to create a clean and safe social and political environment to help people make unbiased decisions.
VishvasNews team members have not, over the past year, spoken out on major political issues or other matters. Nor have they advocated for any political party, candidate or cause, save for the cause of transparency and accuracy in public debate.
We fully comply with Newsroom Diversity. We are diverse in gender, ages, skills and even religious beliefs.
Editor-in-chief Rajesh Upadhyay is a senior journalist with more than 20 years of rich experience in mainstream journalism. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President at Jagran New Media – digital arm of the Jagran Group. He is a postgraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication and an alumnus of IIM Indore’s Editorial Development Programme. He has in-depth knowledge of conceptualization and functioning of Print as well as Digital media. He has demonstrated experience in strategizing content, deploying digital teams and devising news stations and workflows to achieve measurable results. He is a certified Google News Initiative Fact-Check and News Verification expert and has attended numerous other workshops on this subject organized by Google, facebook, Crowdtangle and ICFJ. He also attended the Hands-on Fact-Checking: A Short Course – Poynter University’s eLearning course. He has also been the driving force behind vishvas.news, the next-generation fact-checking and news verification portal.
Senior Editor Pratyush Ranjan, who is working as Senior Editor at Jagran New Media, has more than 15 years of experience in digital media. His total experience in journalism is of more than 17 years. His key expertise areas are Digital Content Management, Newsroom and Editorial Process Management, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Writing, Editing, Search Engine and Social Media Optimisation, Organic Growth of Videos, YouTube etc. He has previously worked with ETV News, Instablogs, India Today Digital, Dainik Bhaskar Digital, Hindustan Times Online, News Nation Digital and IndiaTV Digital. Pratyush is a Google Certified Fact-Check Trainer and has attended the Google News Initiative training workshops as trainer also. Pratyush has also been part of several Facebook Fact Checking Workshops. He is a Post Graduate and Graduate in Political Science from Hindu College in Delhi University and has PG Diploma in Journalism degree from Delhi University.
News Editor Ashish Maharishi is Social Media Manager in Jagran New Media’s Fact-Checking team. He has 12 years of experience in print and digital media. In print journalism, he has worked with TV18 Group in Mumbai and Dainik Bhaskar Group in Bhopal. In digital journalism, he has previously worked with Dainikbhaskar.com and India Today Group’s website, Lallantop. He has attended a 5-day Fact-Check and News Verification training conducted by a Google certified trainer. He also received Crowdtangle training and Hands-on Fact-Checking: A Short Course – Poynter University’s eLearning course.
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: May 7, 2020
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’.
3: May 31, 2020
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.
4: June 4, 2020
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.
Manager Quality check Pallavi Mishra is the Quality Check Manager at Jagran New Media and works as a fact-checker and proof-reader. Her specialization is verifying, re-checking and adding value to the stories. She is a media professional with over 10 years of experience in digital media. Before joining Jagran News Media, Pallavi has worked with media houses such as NDTV, India Today and IANS. She attended a 5-day Fact-Check and News Verification training conducted by a Google certified trainer. She has also completed Hands-on Fact-Checking: A Short Course – Poynter University’s eLearning course.
1: July 03, 2019
Vishvas News Team member (Employee ID- PN0065) did a fact-check story on a viral post on Facebook in which an image of an ice cream vendor was used with the claim — ‘गंगा घाट कोतवाली क्षेत्र के अंतर्गत कोतवाली के सामने आइसक्रीम बेचने वाले #राकेश (#दलित) को #जयश्रीराम ना कहने पर #मुसलमान समझकर #भगवागुंडों ने मारा पीटा।”.
He debunked the false claim made in the Facebook post and published a story on the facts. Later, another team member (Employee ID- PN0046) rated the same users’ post on Facebook.
Below was the link of the story team created to debunk the false claim made by the user in his Facebook post – https://www.vishvasnews.com/society/fact-check-ice-cream-vendors-image-viral-with-fake-claim/
Later, Team member with Emp ID – PN0046 found that the same images were being used with similar false claims by few other users as well on Facebook. The post was mistakenly rated as false which had the same image but correct description, “गंगा घाट कोतवाली क्षेत्र के अंतर्गत कोतवाली के सामने आइसक्रीम बेचने वाले को मारा पीटा पैसे छीनने का आरोप”. The Facebook page owner raised the issue with us and the required correction in the rating of the post was made following the guidelines and our correction policy.
2: May 31, 2020
The story done by a team member (Employee ID PN0046) was updated on May 31 to remove an unnecessary paragraph which was not required in the story.
Chief Sub Editor Abhishek Parashar is working as Chief Sub Editor at Jagran New Media and associated with Vishvas News as a fact-checker. He has around 6 years of experience in digital media. His total experience in journalism is more than 9 years. He has previously worked with Press Trust of India (PTI-Bhasha), Business Standard (Hindi), The Economic Times, Catch News (Rajsthan Patrika), and News Nation Digital. Abhishek is a trained Fact-Check Trainer and he has been working as a trainer at ‘Sack ke Sathi’ which is the media literacy campaign against fake news/misinformation. He is a Post Graduate Diploma and Graduates in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Delhi University respectively. He has completed the Data Journalism, Verification, Election, and Introduction to machine learning courses in the Google News Training Centre.
1: Sept 16, 2019
Vishvas News received a claim on a story which was done on Sept 14 by Vishvas News Team member (Emp ID: PN0041)). Below is the story URL
Vishvas News received a mail from the admin of ‘Fir Ek Bar Modi Sarkar’ Facebook page claiming the rating given on its post by Vishvas News was incorrect. The author of the story didn’t get a required quote from Youth Congress. As per the IFCN guidelines and the SOP, Vishvas News made necessary correction in the story and changed the rating of the Facebook post from False to True.
Chief Sub Editor Urvashi Kapoor is working as Chief Sub Editor with Jagran New Media and associated with Vishvas News as fact checker. Urvashi is a post graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication and a seasoned digital media professional. Urvashi is a GNI India Training Network Trainer. She is specialized in using data, facts and various tools to debunk fake news. Urvashi has multiple certifications in Fact Checking from Poynter University, Google Analytics and Digital Marketing from Google, Email Marketing from Hubspot, Content discovery from Crowdtangle and multiple other certifications such as storytelling, consumer engagement from Facebook Blueprint. She has also done a course in ‘strategies for increasing reach & engagement of journalism’ from The Knight Center for Journalism from the University of Texas, Austin. Urvashi believes in the power of digital media, honest journalism and wishes to live in a world free of fake news.
1: May 31, 2020
The story done by a team member (Employee ID PN0059) was updated on May 31 to remove an unnecessary paragraph which was not required in the story.
Sub Editor Umam Noor is working as a Sub Editor with Jagran New Media. She has expertise in Urdu and works as a Fact Checker and Proof Reader with Vishvas News. She has around a year of experience. She has worked previously with News18 Urdu. Her specialization is in Editing and Proof Reading. She is a graduate in English from Jamia Millia Islamia and holds certificate in ‘Translation Proficiency in English’.
1. Jan 16, 2020
On January 6, Vishvas News Team’s Fact Checker (Employee ID PN0058) had done a fact check story on the viral 3D image of Australian map showing the intensity of bushfire. The image was also going viral with a fake claim saying it was taken from a NASA satellite. The Fact chcker who was working on the story (Employee ID PN0058) had done the investigation properly following all the guidelines and got a quote from the creator of the 3D image who confirmed that the image was produced using the bushfire data provided by NASA. Below is the URL of the Vishvas News story-
Vishvas News works as the Third-Party Fact Check Partner with Facebook. If the viral posts are takem from Facebook, Vishvas News (after the completion of fact checking process) rates the post as – False, True, Misleading on the basis of the fact-check outcome in the story. There is a separate guideline to follow to rate the posts for Facebook, as some images are correct but the claims with the images are either fake or misleading, and sometimes both images and the claims are incorrect. In these scenarios Vishvas News goes with the options – either ‘On single post’ or ‘identical content’ optons. In the above story, the image was absolutely fine in the Facebook post, but the description used with the image was incorrect, and the same was mentioned properly in the story done by the fact checker author. But, during the story rating process, the author marked the story as ‘identical content’. As a result, some Facebook users received message of ‘fake image fact-checked by an Independent fact-checker’ even if they used the correct description with the image. Vishvas News was not able to correct the rating due to a technical issue which we faced because the user mentioned in Vishvas News story had deleted his Facebook post. It took a week day time to resolve the technical issue, and it was fixed on Jan 15.
Vishvas News received 13 appeal mails by different Facebook users due the ‘identical content’ issue. All of them had used the image with the correct description with the image but received ‘fake image’ message due to the technical glitch. Vishvas News contacted all of them in separate mails and explained the issue on January 9. And, once the issue was resolved, Vishvas News again sent a confirmation mail to all of them.
The Vishvas News fact checker (Employee ID PN0058), who rated the post with incorrect option, was asked to explain (why it happened) in an official mail and the required action was taken against her as per the guidelines and policy after her response.
2. June 4, 2020, Vishvas News Team’s Fact Checker (Employee ID PN0058) did a story on a video in which it was claimed that there are ongoing protests in Amritsar on the demand of Khalistan. In our investigation, we found that the video is from 2016 and nowadays there is no such Protest happening there. Following our SOP, we published the news, but on the same day we found that the second part of the video is not from 2016 but from the 2012 Protest. However, the video is both old and fake. The news was updated the same day with the new Information.
Sub Editor Bhagwant Singh is working as a Sub Editor with Jagran New Media. He has expertise in Punjabi and works as a Fact Checker and Proof Reader with Vishvas News. He has been working with Jagran New Media from last 1.6 Years. He was previously working with Wipro Limited. His specialization is in Editing, Proof Reading and Translation. He is a graduate in Punjabi from Shri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College of Delhi University. He is also a recipient of Hands-on Fact-Checking: A Short Course – Poynter University’s eLearning course.
1) 30th June 2020: The story done by team member (Employee ID PN0065) was published on June 30 and later that day story was updated with one paragraph. However, it doesn’t impact our conclusion.
2) 31 May 2020: On 31 May 2020, links of PIB Fact Check were removed from all language news. Below are the links of those Punjabi and Hindi language stories from which we have removed the unnecessary paragraph of PIB Fact Check.
Consultant Amanpreet Kaur is a consultant and Full-time fact-checker with Vishvas News. She has work experience of 11 years. This includes her tenure with India Today Group and Rajasthan Patrika Group. She has experience in both print and digital media. Amanpreet is a GNI India Training Network Trainer and is specialized in using various fact-checking tools to debunk the fake news.
1: 8 July 2020
Vishvas News Team’s Fact Checker did a story in which we removed one of the paragraphs which was a value addition to the story and was not needed. We put a disclaimer in this story.
Deputy Editor Ameesh is working as Deputy Editor at Jagran New Media and associated with Vishvas News as fact checker. He has around 10 years’ experience of digital media, online, TV, print journalism and social media. Ameesh has previously worked with Times Internet (Navbharat Times), Dainik Bhaskar, Live India, News24 and Magnon eg + (Google Localization). An IIMC post graduate who has additional Post graduation in International relation (Pol Sc.) from BHU. Ameesh has successfully completed the following journalism courses in the Google News Initiative (GNI) Training Center: Data Journalism, The Fundamentals, Investigative Reporting, Multimedia Storytelling, Safety and Security, Verification, Introduction to Machine Learning.