Our Team

PTI’s Fact-Checking operations are deeply embedded in our day-to-day editorial operations. We rely on our vast network of journalists and stringers to source, verify and report on a wide range of topics in line with our methodology.

In addition, we have a dedicated team for our fact-checking operations, the members of which are listed below. Our fact-checking team leverages the deep journalistic expertise we have across all our editorial desks, as well as the feet on the ground, to verify claims.

We also encourage and empower all our journalists to choose and verify a claim with reporting help and guidance from the Fact Checking team.

PTI’s fact-checking operations are led by Pratyush Ranjan (Head of Fact-checking and Digital Services, PTI). He is in charge of setting the vision, goals, and the overall direction of PTI’s fact-checking operations. He is also responsible for day-to-day operations, including the claims to be selected for fact-checking, editing fact-check investigations, training new fact-checkers, etc.

Pratyush Ranjan

Pratyush Ranjan has more than 18 years of experience in the digital media industry. His key expertise areas are Fact Checking, Digital & Multimedia Content Management (Hindi & English), Newsroom and Editorial Process Management, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Writing, Editing, Search Engine and Social Media Optimisation, Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in newsrooms, etc.

Pratyush has been a certified fact checker and trainer at Google News Initiative’s India Training Network since 2018. He has been very active in conducting fact-check training sessions and trained thousands of people across the country in fact-checking and data verification.

Pratyush was part of a prestigious 6-month-long ‘JournalismAI’ global project (2020) for a comprehensive study of the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the future of Journalism. It is a project of POLIS – the journalism think-tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Pratyush has won Silver Award at the South Asian Digital Media Awards under the Best Covid-19 Project category for his exclusive interviews with India’s top medical experts on the Pandemic and Covid Misinfodemic. He conducted the series in collaboration with UNICEF India and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (Government of India) during the second wave of Covid-19 in India to spread health awareness.

Pratyush has received a certificate in Data Journalism from the East-West Center and two certificates in countering disinformation from CRDF-Global.

Pratyush also participated in the 6-month-long Newsroom Leadership programme by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Google News Initiative network supported the programme.

Pratyush is highly passionate about using digital tools for storytelling in an immersive design and about using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in content planning, production & distribution in the newsroom.

Minu Jain

She has been a National Editor since 2017, coordinating the entire news coverage, commissioning stories, rewriting, and editing features and news and putting together big news events of the day/ major news breaks. During her 35 years of journalism career, she has done various stints across leading media organizations such as Times of India, Indian Express, The Telegraph, IANS, etc. As a keen observer of societal trends, she has written extensively on a range of issues – from women’s empowerment and the influence of cinema to everyday politics and the role and the state of the media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University and diploma in Journalism from the Times Research Foundation School of Social Journalism, New Delhi.

Shakoor Rather

Shakoor is a news editor with PTI with over a decade of experience. He has covered stories across diverse topics including science, technology, health, environment etc. He is a fact-checking enthusiast and has recently attended the virtual KSJ@MIT Fact-Checking Workshop.

Manik Gupta

Manik is a Correspondent with PTI since 2015. His work focusses on news features as well as stories on topics relating to books, travel, and lifestyle. He monitors and keeps a close eye on evolving trends across various sectors.

Asim Kamal

Asim is a Special Correspondent with PTI and has over a decade of experience. He is an instrumental part of national reporting for the agency and covers beats such as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of External Affairs, Congress and Parliament for PTI.