Key Highlights of Our Editorial Policy
We take great pride in the quality of the content created by us and are very particular about the content displayed on our website / app and to ensure consistent high quality of content, we have developed strict editorial guidelines, key features of which are highlighted below.
1. Sourcing from multiple sources:
A. We verify the facts and statements stated in each news article from at least two different sources thereby ensuring their accuracy.
B. Our writers read several articles on each news article, distil the common facts which emerge and then create original content for the news article.
C. This practice of sourcing from multiple articles helps ensure that our news articles do not reflect the views from one news source and are unbiased and un-opinionated.
2. Multiple layers of review:
A. We make sure that every news article goes through multiple layers of review. The first is a self-review process whereby the writer of the news article reviews each news article based on a carefully designed internal checklist which ensures that the news article meets the language, grammar, plagiarism and content guidelines.
B. At the second layer of review, a content editor again ensures that each of the guidelines is met.
C. Along the way, we also use state-of-the-art anti-plagiarism software which introduces another layer of review to ensure that no improper content sneaks through.
D. To constantly keep making our review process better, we have introduced an additional layer of review called SGF (spelling, grammar, and fact) check to ensure that all our news articles are error free to the extent possible.
3. We take plagiarism seriously:
A. We believe in being creative instead of being copycats. Plagiarism is simply not acceptable, and any violation is not tolerated.
B. We strive to use only such content as is licenced to us by our many content partners and in solely the manner agreed upon in the terms of the licence granted by them.
C. We apply high anti-plagiarism standards and flag use of even three consecutive words from the source as potential plagiarism. Of course, if these three consecutive words form part of a direct quote, then we do not consider it to be plagiarism.
D. We also use state of the art anti-plagiarism software which applies similar high standards and flags any news article which does not meet this standard.
E. The multiple layers of review ensure that plagiarism is checked at every stage.
4. Respecting other’s IP:
A. We value our intellectual property and similarly respect the intellectual property of others.
B. Our writers ensure that images used for our news articles are either based on open-source material or used based on a specific license.
C. The multi-layer review process and the internal checklist ensure that the source of each image on the news articles is appropriately recorded.
5. Consistency in language and style
To ensure consistency in the language of our news articles and the style in which they are written, we ensure that they all follow grammar styles which are provided to each writer in our detailed editorial policy.
6. Consistency in Translation
Our writers and translators ensure that when translating from another language, all consistency, including factual and grammar, are double checked and reviewed before publishing.
A. Information and publicity should be clearly separated to avoid confusion among the public about the nature of what is being transmitted.
B. Journalists do not disguise or indirect advertising. They refuse to disseminate information in exchange for an advertising contract for their newspaper company or in exchange for any other advantage. Journalists do not write info commercials, and these should be clearly identified as such.
C. Journalists do not accord preferential treatment to advertisers and sponsors. They must cover events sponsored by their media with the same rigor as any other event.
8. Public contributions
We are free to accept or reject public contributions to its content. If accepted, contributions should be clearly distinguished from journalistic content.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that the public’s contributions meet the standards of its Information Policy.
9. Refusal of publication
We may refuse to publish or distribute a contribution received from the public, provided that the refusal is not motivated by bias or a desire to withhold information of public interest.