About FactShala

FactShala is a news and information literacy programme launched in India by Internews in collaboration with DataLEADS with support from Google.org and the Google News Initiative. This programme aims to educate the Indian people about media literacy and empower them to consume information critically. This programme is designed to help people across India – especially in states with low literacy to understand the nature and characteristics of content published online

Our Focus

Our focus is not only on misinformation generated by conventional and social media but also on educating people about understanding media, analyzing content and equipping them with the skills needed to consume information critically. Help adults in non-metro cities and villages of India learn how to sift facts from the sea of online misinformation and help them understand better the nature and characteristics of content published online.




Internews empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information For more than 35 years, in more than 100 countries, Internews has worked to build healthy media and information environments where they are most needed. Formed in…



DataLEADS is a digital media and information initiative aimed to help people understand and engage with the world around them. Our work spectrum ranges from training, data analysis, fact-checking initiatives, media research and media development initiatives. Central…


Factshala has been launched with grant support from

Curriculum Partners

FactShala joined hands with some of the best experts in media and information literacy like the Stanford History Education Group, the BBC World Service, Hong Kong University, the Asian Network of News & Information Educators, Amity University, Noida, BoomLive, Don Bosco University, Assam and Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore to design a curriculum that is being used by FactShala trainers to deliver end training. The training material has been translated in seven Indian languages for ease of training. The curriculum is based on the insights drawn from a baseline exploratory study done under the consultation of the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) to understand how end users assess various types of messages they access online and what makes them believe or reject certain messages.

For the Community radio work, we also joined hands with the Federation of Community Radio Stations (FCRS) and Radio Mewat (run by SMART Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation).