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THE THREE PILLARS
RULES OF PRACTICE
Accuracy: Authors and editors must confirm that content on the website is well-sourced and checked by reporters and/or copy editors for truthfulness and timeliness.
Credibility: Articles should mention those who have worked on it: writer/reporter/contributor and editor.
Credit: Writers/authors must not reproduce content from other sources without due attribution, wherever applicable.
Bylines: An article is qualified to be bylined only when the writer/journalist has worked substantially on the copy. Inputs from other sources should be acknowledged.
Impartiality: Balanced news coverage sans bias should be the operating principle.
Endorsements: Authors/writers must not endorse or promote through text, videos, or photographs any person or entity unless it is based on editor’s judgement on the value of the information to the user.
Accuracy over speed: We might be a minute late, but ensure we are accurate.
We acknowledge when we err: Inadvertent mistakes are promptly corrected and a footnote scripts amendment to the content, unless the alteration made is of the nature of spelling change, typo etc.
CONTENT IS SACROSANCT
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1. threat to national security
2.threat to safety of an individual/entity
3. violation of legal norms
4. breach of editorial guidelines
5. uncorrectable errors that absolutely warrant removal
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Column: By experienced journalists and industry experts
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