Applicant: Saurabh Shukla
Assessor: Kanchan Kaur
Edits made by the organization after this assessment
IFCN Staff wrote:
From the applicant:
As Adviced by Ms Kanchan Kaur we have put the timeline of a fact check and complied with her suggestions, We will further upgrade our fact checking methodology once we are a signatory by sharing of best practices by Poynter and fellow Fact Checkers.
NewsMobile Correction Policy
Facts and truth are at the centre of Newsmobile’s Editorial policy, our team of journalists have broken stories on corruption at high places questioned those in power and we are fearless, unbiased and objective. We have an impeccable record as a credible media outlet. However, as a responsible Media outlet, we are open to corrections. We will check the veracity of the claim and correct it within 2 days of the claim being made. So write to us at email@example.com with a date and link to the story and we will fact check your claim and correct it.
We have a separate landing page for corrections policy and we even have a corrections Editor who is independent of our newsroom. A form for fact checking and fake news buster has been added there.
We have been consistent with fact checking and busting fake news despite limited resources and it is our constant passion for upholding the truth guides us.
We have added a Form for fact checking on every fact check making it easier for any reader to file a fact check claim the form is called FAKE NEWS BUSTER
Example can be seen here
The form has also been added to the correction policy
The design of the site can surely improve and we are always working to improve it but you would appreciate that with limited resources we have put emphasis on good quality and credible content and we will consistently improve this as we go along.
Having abided by the recommendations we would request that we should be accepted as a signatory as this would further strengthen our fact checker and help hone the skills of our young team which is committed to transparency and quality fact checking.
Founder and Editor in Chief
From the assessor:
The applicant has made the necessary changes, and added a form to invite readers to submit claims for fact checking. Though the presentation of the website still needs work, the application may be accepted.
The correction policy has been changed in the tab that says Correction Policy. However, changes need to be made in About Us page, too. Further, it would help for the applicant to put in a separate corrections page/tab.
The applicant's process of inviting readers to submit claims fact-check is still not clear. It might help to have an indication/form on the landing page of the fact-checking initiative, inviting readers to submit claims. The presentation of the website needs work--the applicant could also have a small form/note at the end of each fact-check, inviting readers to submit their claims.
Conclusion and recommendations
Kanchan Kaur wrote:
Newsmobile is legally registered and has a separate division for fact-checking, with more than average fact-checks over the last three months. The treatment of the checks is quite uniform and non-partisan.
It has a clear policy to ensure staff is objective and is not directly involved in any advocacy group. Its sourcing policy is stated on the website. However, the presentation of the sourcing and the website sometimes leads to lack of clarity on the sourcing.
The website has clearly listed all its authors with their biographies, and mentioned its source of funding. Its methodology is also clearly explained.
However, its correction policy needs some work. Though the policy is clearly mentioned, the website neither has a correction section with a list of corrections, nor an explicit time frame within which corrections are made.