Rozana Spokesman is committed to providing accurate information to its users, and our fact-checking work is part of this category. Daily things goes viral on social media and it is often seen that most of the content is either misleading or fake. These very things sometimes become so much a factor that riot-like forms come to the front.
To fight these misinformation, our fact-checking team is committed to its work and keeps an large eye on social media. Our work and content choosing style can be read below:
How we select content
To probe video content,
we use online tools mentioned below
After getting factual help from the tools, we try to reach the person involved in the viral incident (if needed).
Rozana Spokesman is one of the leading Punjabi Media brand, we have onground reporters links who help our team to reach the ground location. Our team of ground reporters help Fact Check team in severe situations which provides credible content to our users.
Fact Check Procedure
After selecting the content, we start our fact checking process. We first try to reach the person who shared the content on the social media to get his/her views. After that, we try to probe the content by using online tools mentioned below.
Most of the content on social media is shared in Image and Video format.
To probe image posts, we use online tools mentioned below
User can send Fact Check request on contact mentioned below
Phone- +91 99141 41122
Bhagwant Singh oversees all the fact-checking operations and is integral to the growth of this team. He began this department and has continued to put in tremendous effort to ensure its expansion. He is GNI certified and thoroughly enjoys fact-checking. He is interested in learning more about public policy and governance.
Ravinder Kaur is responsible for the management of the social media team and oversees all content posted on our channels on various social media platforms. She ensures that all content that is posted is in line with our organization’s journalistic ideals and beliefs. She is well-versed and experienced in team management and is passionate about social media, traveling, and is a foodie.
Veerpal is enthusiastic about Punjab politics, and she is interested in education and entertainment. She loves working in this team and is passionate to learn more about fact-checking. She enjoys writing stories about Punjab’s education system and politics.
Kamaljeet Kaur has studied Journalism and has been accredited with Reuters Training Course. Her interest lies in politics and health. She is very passionate about content writing and fact-checking.
Eva leads our team of graphic designers and has brought an influx of creativity into our work. She is constantly helping out all of her juniors, helping them adjust, and giving them feedback. She loves creative work and believes graphic designing is a perfect fit for her.
Spokesman Fact Check was set up in March 2020 as a separate department under Green Media. Our department is entirely funded by the parent company. You can find all our founding and funding information in the About Us section. Spokesman Fact-Check is led by Bhagwant Singh, our senior fact-checker.
To combat the growing fake news trend, and especially misleading information surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we decide to launch our fact-checking branch. The team initially focused on debunking fake political coverage, and the lack of clarity surrounding spreading, cures, medication of all kinds, and consequences of the new virus. In line with our honest reporting, we teamed up and regularly interviewed doctors and specialists to guide the general populace regarding hygiene and preventive and curative measures. As fake news grew, so did our team output. Not many news organizations focused on fact-checking and verification. Our work was appreciated, and that propelled our growth.
Today, we fact-check consistently, on various topics. Politics, current affairs, health, sports, history, health etc fall under our areas of coverage, among others. We strive to combat any fake news we can, keeping in line with our selection policies. Objectivity and factuality drive our content. Our department’s primary aims include:
False or misleading news pieces or claims can be sent to us through our email, fact-check helpline number, or our social media platforms. Our social media and input teams spend hours interacting with news pieces, online and those received by our reporters. Most of our verifying and debunking are based on their recommendations, or our own team scouring the internet for factual misrepresentation. Focus has always remained on stories or claims with larger implications, wider audiences, pertinent or trending topics, and areas of regular mis/disinformation. Here, we discuss and consider the potential harm that could be caused, the potential reach (virality), the individual(s)/account(s) making the claim(s), the potential consequences or importance of the claim, and the time horizon (old or new). We focus on verifying and working to debunk misleading political news, current affairs, and major events like the Covid-19 outbreak and statements surrounding it. Our fact-checks range from sports, health, lifestyle, and history to policy, among other topics.
Once a few important claims have been selected, the first step is to identify the source(s), platform(s), and the original claim itself. This helps us identify the extent of the spread. The source/ link of the misleading claim is hyperlinked at the end of the article for all readers to see.
This is dependent on the type of content: text, video, and photographs are the most common. Different methods include calling all stakeholders, our ground reporters, using official government data, and gathering information from internationally and nationally reputed social and media organizations and various non-governmental international institutions like the WHO (especially during the first Covid-19 wave). A simple and generalized approach is mentioned below which allows readers to use simple methods to identify fake news or mis/disinformation and learn to fact-check themselves. This is part of our initiative to empower individuals as well.
Our first port of call is to examine the content. With a keen eye, irregularities can be noticed. On many occasions, we have been able to easily identify misleading pieces of information which allow us to quickly debunk them. Details are key to our work, for recognizing and then understanding the context in which the piece would have to be fact-checked. We are listing below some common irregularities that can be found, which can help you, as readers, conduct your own fact-checking:
Language: Audio in videos especially can help identify locations/regions to an extent
Background images, posters, addresses: Common in both videos and images. Can help identify various aspects of a claim
Source of content: What type of account is posting? Are they regularly posting any content? Is this content along any specific party lines? Check their earlier posts to gain such information. Check profile details too. Are they regularly reposting content others have posted? Or sharing similar posts from the same accounts? Such information can reveal a lot.
We use various tools as well, which we have listed below. These tools are regularly used and can be very helpful in accurately determining information:
Google Reverse Image Search
Yandex Reverse Image Search
For video content:
InVid Video Tool
YouTube Data Viewer
These are not mentioned in any specific order and can be used at depending on the requirement. This is not an exhaustive list, there are plenty of other great places you can go to fact-check.
If you feel that there is something we are missing out on, or can do better at, please feel free to let us know. You can also let us know if there are some tools that we are missing out on. We can be reached through our dedicated number or our email, both of which can be found on our Contact Us page .
Our fact-check department ensures adherence to our methodology and a commitment to non-partisanship. Our fact-checking process deters personal biases, which works to look at all stories through a critical and objective lens based on factual information. Our fact-checks do not contain any personal opinions, they are facts. We ensure that all those recruited into the fact-checking team do not have any affiliation with any state or the national government, politician, or political party.
The other integral aspects of our non-partisanship policy are mentioned below:
Employees are not allowed to be affiliated with any politician or any political party, and must not advocate for or represent any political leaning or views.
Employees are not allowed to participate in any political protests or campaigns.
Employees are not allowed to use any office resources to help amplify the voice of any political campaign, party, state, or national government.
Employees found to be violating any of these terms will be subject to an internal review/hearing process whereby required action will be taken.
Non-partisanship is non-negotiable for Rozana Spokesman, and we stand by all principles mentioned above. All employees must adhere to these policies.
Why is it important to us?
Political funding and pressure can influence the content we are striving to create, disturbing its originality and factuality. Sometimes, this can lead to biased views or mis/disinformation. The powerful fourth pillar of democracy must serve to protect, preserve and uphold the rights to truthful and factual information by exercising our freedom of expression. We at Rozana Spokesman value our voice and independence. Our stance is clear, we will continue to raise our voice for the people through reporting honest, independent, and factual information.
Rozana Spokesman’s fact-checking department strives to produce accurate content based on facts and/ or any required verifications. Although, sometimes mistakes are made. Here, we believe that any mistakes in our fact-checks should be instantly acknowledged, corrected, clarified, and retracted if needed.
We invite our readers to write to us at email@example.com if any discrepancy is found in our work, any information, data, or links we have used. Please write “Correction” followed by the title of the article in the subject line. Please tell us why the information is incorrect, a link to where you find this factual information, and add the link to our article in the body.
Note: Personal opinions do not qualify as a reason for us to review or correct our work.
How is a correction made?
A correction is made within 48 hours. If the verification process takes longer*, please allow us to extend this deadline by another 48 hours. This is to ensure that our vetting process is thoroughly executed. If a correction is made, it will be prominently displayed on the article itself along with the editor’s note expressing regret and any additional information or sources we use to attain any required information.
*Sometimes it can take longer than usual to verify and vet information. There can be delays when trying to track down sources, especially outdoor correspondents and field reporters.
If you are not satisfied with our fact-check or corrections, please feel free to mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any correction-related issue or any claim verification:
You can also message or call us at +91 91155 50160