BOOM

Organization: BOOM
Applicant: Jency Jacob
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur
Conclusion and recommendations
on 28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Kanchan Kaur wrote:

The signatory has compiled with all criteria quite clearly and can be accepted.

The website is part of a private digital network and has been averaging over ten fact-checks a month. Its fact-checks covers a range of topics and political parties, which shows that it makes an effort to be non-partisan and objective.

All key sources are linked and identified.

Though details of funding are not clearly defined, the signatory makes it very clear that it is part of a private network. Team members are clearly listed and readers can reach out to the organisation easily.

The website explains its methodology in no uncertain terms and invites readers to send claims to be checked. It also has an open corrections policy. Corrections are indicated clearly in the stories.

on 28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Kanchan Kaur recommended Accept


Section 1: Organization

Criterion 1a
Proof of registration
Evidence required: Please provide evidence that the signatory is a legally-registered organization set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking or the distinct fact-checking project of a recognized media house or research institution.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

BOOM is a part of Ping Digital Network (http://www.pingnetwork.in), a private limited company registered in India. Ping is a full-fledged food to living digital video network. BOOM is the news division of the network and has been in existence since 2014 and as a full-fledged fact checking initiative since November 2016. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

The company is a wing of a registered private media company. This wing is set up for the purpose of fact-checking.


done_all 1a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 1b
Archive
Evidence required: Insert a link to the archive of fact checks published in the previous three months. If you do not collect all fact checks in one place, please explain how the fact-checking is conducted by your organization.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

Since November 2016, BOOM (www.boomlive.in) has only focused on publishing stories that either fact check claims made by those in public life or busts fake news. Please refer to these two links - (https://www.boomlive.in/category/fake-news/) and (https://www.boomlive.in/category/factcheck/) for a list of stories published in the previous three months. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

An average of about ten stories a month, which makes it more than one a week. Therefore is quite regular.


done_all 1b marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 2: Nonpartisanship and Fairness

Criterion 2a
Body of work sample
Evidence required: Please share links to ten fact checks that better represent the scope and consistency of your fact-checking. Provide a short explanation of how your organization strives to maintain coherent standards across fact checks.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

The website does cover a variety of subjects and speakers.


done_all 2a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 2b
Nonpartisanship policy
Evidence required: Please share evidence of your policy preventing staff from direct involvement in political parties and advocacy organizations. Please also indicate the policy your organization has as a whole regarding advocacy and supporting political candidates.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Objective and fair journalism is BOOM’s goal. So while BOOM recognises that every team member will have their own political views, there is a clear and mandatory requirement to be objective and independent while writing a fact check story. Personal biases are weeded out of every story through a clearly laid down process (Please see methodology in About us section) that only looks at the hard facts available. Every fact check is a team play with several eyes looking at the same story to avoid the risk of any individual point of view finding its place in the story. Team members are not allowed to affiliate with any political party or advocacy organisation to avoid any potential conflict of interest. The work done over the last one year stand testimony to the fact that there were no stories published due to partisan interests.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

While employment contracts do not demand any disclosure of any affiliations, in its application, the signatory has explained that several eyes look at a story to ensure objectivity. It also explains that team members are not allowed to affiliate with any political party or advocacy organisation.


done_all 2b marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 3: Transparency of Sources

Criterion 3a
Sources Policy
Please share a brief and public explanation (500 words max) of how sources are provided in enough detail that readers could replicate the fact check. If you have a public policy on how you find and use sources for your fact-checking, it should be shared here.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago) Updated: 9 months ago

We rely on multiple sources to write our fact checks and bust fake news. They range from web versions of newspaper articles, Youtube links of news shows, tweets, Facebook pages to government documents on the web. Every source we refer to is hyperlinked or attributed in the story. In some cases, we also refer to them at the bottom of the story. Since tweets, Facebook posts and Youtube links are embedded in the story, there is clarity in the minds of the readers on the references we have used to write the story.

We also speak to police chiefs, government officials, company spokespersons and politicians wherever the fact check process demands it. In case of not being able to reach them, we usually mention it upfront in the story.

In the Methodology section of About Us, more details have been provided in point no. 2, 3 & 4. 

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Most key sources are linked, as are the infographics and other evidence it provides.


done_all 3a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 4: Transparency of Funding & Organization

Criterion 4a
Funding Sources
Evidence required: Please link to the section where you publicly list your sources of funding (including, if they exist, any rules around which types of funding you do or don't accept), or a statement on ownership if you are the branch of an established media organization or research institution.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

BOOM is part of Ping Digital Network, a private limited company in India. The website is funded by Ping and its investors. Ping’s unique identification number is U74900MH2012PTC232599, assigned by Registrar of Companies (ROC) under Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Govt. of India.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Each source of funding is not listed, but the website makes it clear that it is the news division of a private digital network.


done_all 4a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 4b
Staff
Evidence required: Please link to the section detailing all authors and key actors behind your fact-checking project with their biographies. You can also list the name and bios of the members of the editorial board, pool of experts, advisory board, etc. if your organization has those.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

For details on all authors and key actors, please refer to https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago) Updated: 4 months ago

Listed and profiled. 


done_all 4b marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 4c
Contact
Evidence required: Please link to the section where readers can get in touch with the organization.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Contact details are clearly listed with a helpline, email address and social media details.


done_all 4c marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 5: Transparency of Methodology

Criterion 5a
Detailed Methodology
Evidence required: Please link to a section or article detailing the steps you follow for your fact-checking work.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)
Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Clearly explained methodology


done_all 5a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 5b
Claim submissions
Evidence required: Please link to the page or process through which readers can submit claims to fact-check. If you do not allow this, please briefly explain why.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

We run a helpline on WhatsApp and a number has been provided in the ‘About Us’ section of the website. We also regularly publicise the existence of such a helpline on Twitter and Facebook and invite images, videos and claims for us to verify and publish fact check stories. Please see this link https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Invites readers to email claims to fact-check.


done_all 5b marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Section 6: Open & Honest Corrections Policy

Criterion 6a
Corrections policy
Evidence required: Please link to the page with your policy to address corrections. If it is not public, please share your organization's handbook.

BOOM
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

Please refer to point no. 7 in our About Us section https://www.boomlive.in/about-us/

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

The corrections policy is clearly listed.


done_all 6a marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.

Criterion 6b
Examples of corrections
Evidence required: Please provide two examples of a correction made, or correction requests handled, in the past year.

Kanchan Kaur Assessor
28-Feb-2018 (9 months ago)

The corrections policy examples have been provided.


done_all 6b marked as Fully compliant by Kanchan Kaur.