Editorial Policy

PRINCIPLES

Distinguishing between providing information and reporting on what’s happening in a country and how events outside affect that country is important. It is impossible to overemphasize the significance of setting and perspective. Our journalists and editors make an effort to highlight the impact that events have on people’s lives by zeroing in on those affected rather than on abstract institutions. In today’s fast-paced world, stories have to work harder than ever to win over readers. If a news story doesn’t make an effort to be interesting or provide context for the reader, they will likely click away to another website, flip the page, or change the channel.

No matter how much our industry evolves, our guiding principles will always be the same. We must always act in a completely impartial and fair manner. We are dealing with verifiable evidence from reliable and knowledgeable sources. We look into all sides of an argument with equal enthusiasm.

One cannot overestimate the significance of precision. When an error is spotted, it must be fixed immediately. There shouldn’t be any hesitation or sparseness in publishing or airing corrections to previously published or broadcast articles. They need to be written with the goal of making amends as fully and satisfactorily as possible.

It is imperative that we complete this mission. A news organization with a 24-hour cycle must value efficiency above everything else. However, being dependable always takes precedence over being speedy.

A constant factor is aesthetics. Some crucial facts are just gross. That’s not how it has to be dealt with.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STAFF

Each member of the Bulletinxp team, from reporters to editors to managers, is responsible for upholding our publication’s ethics. There is too much variety in news reporting, writing, and editing for there to be universal standards. As part of their duty, our workers follow a range of procedures.

Some examples of these methods are as follows:

  • If there is even the tiniest suspicion, an in-depth investigation must be conducted before any story is broadcast or any individual is identified in a narrative. Remove it if you are unsure about its necessity. But don’t let it be an excuse to write off a line of inquiry without giving it a second look. There must be real doubt based on careful consideration of the available facts.
  • When in doubt, give credit where credit is due and cite credible authorities and sources. Be prepared to publish proof in the event of a rejection.
  • Attempt to keep your objectivity, especially while reporting on news that involves parties or issues. Take care to give equal time to both sides of the argument.
  • Don’t add any comments or opinions, just the facts. Reporters’ thoughts should not be incorporated into the story. Their insights are worth considering. For the reader to grasp intricate issues, accurate context and interpretation are also required.
  • Recognize blunders as soon as you can. Worryingly large segments of the population do not trust mainstream news outlets. Factors that contribute to the public’s mistrust include inaccuracy, carelessness, indifference to the public mood, inherent cynicism toward individuals in public life, the perception of bias or unfairness, and other flaws that are suggestive of hubris.
  • When the tech industry sticks to the facts and maintains its unwavering dedication to justice, it can help alter public opinion. Some journalists refuse to take criticism or complaints from their sources, so we shouldn’t be so quick to reject them when they’re directed at ourselves.
  • News reports have the capacity to affect both ordinary folks and business behemoths. When an error happens, managers and employees must react quickly and sensitively to maintain Bulletinxp’s high standards of honesty and sensitivity. A complaint submitted by a terrified citizen working alone or by the legal team of a powerful individual makes no difference.
  • It is imperative that all incorrect reports be brought to the attention of the appropriate managers.

ETHICAL ACTIONS

Making sure we don’t do anything that brings down the quality of journalism or damages our reputation is an important aspect of our job. Because we expose the horrible news about politicians who become filthy, caretakers who abuse their trust, and business executives who disregard ethics for profit, we must follow strong ethical principles and be perceived to be following them.

It is challenging to think of and solve every possible ethical problem that could arise in this endeavor. However, in an effort to expand rather than limit our activity, we follow the principles outlined below.

  • Ethical behavior is nourished by pride in oneself and in the work of journalism.
  • The tech industry can sustain itself. Employees must reject anything that could compromise the company’s honor or reputation.
  • For any interviews, photos, or recordings made by journalists, Bulletinxp does not offer any remuneration.
  • Reporters covering the technology industry would never fabricate information to secure a story. Always introducing themselves as journalists, they never cease to do so.

IMPARTIALITY

Being objective is like going to the gym. Regular exercise is essential for gaining muscle tone and strength.

The greatest way to practice objectivity is to regularly check in with oneself and ask, “Am I being as unbiased, honest, and fair as I can be?”

Additional rules for objectivity:

  • Every person’s opinion matters, whether it’s in the courtroom, in the legislature, or on the streets. Statements made by parties with competing interests should be treated the same whether they are utilized together in a single story or from various time periods.
  • However, whenever possible, seek to collect contrasting opinions for simultaneous publishing.
  • If an assault by one group or individual on another has been reported, then any official response to the incident will also be relayed. Say so and keep looking if you can’t discover a reputable source.
  • If someone you don’t know very well presents contentious ideas, you should question their expertise on the subject. Think about whether or not it’s necessary to run the story if the source doesn’t have any credentials to back up their claims or isn’t an authority on the topic.

QUOTATIONS

Quotations are the blood of a story. They add a flush of color to even the drabbest narratives. They give your message greater legitimacy, immediacy, and punch.

Writers and editors who misuse them may likewise encounter difficulties. Some news outlets allow for artistic license when it comes to quotes. Bulletinxp takes any attempts to alter the message very seriously and will respond accordingly.

We use direct quotations from people and normal English when possible. We fix obvious grammar mistakes that could cause embarrassment otherwise. We edit your voice to get rid of ahs, f-bombs, and filler words. In emails and SMS messages, we repair careless spelling errors and other typos. When this isn’t the case, we don’t alter quotations.

While we generally avoid using dialect- or mispronunciation-inspired spellings and grammar, there are times when they add to the desired mood.

If this tweet from a teenage fan was cleaned up or paraphrased for a piece about pop sensation Justin Bieber’s use of Twitter, an important detail would have been lost:

Never give up because you “might” get through to @justinbieber one day.

Babblemouthed quotes from any notable speaker are always rendered in plain English.

LANGUAGE

Expletives will not be used in any way, shape, or form. Keeping things civil.

Also, a word of caution about translations. Do not assume that he is fluent in English when he is not.

In interviews and public speeches, it is important to specify the language being used unless doing so would be superfluous. At a news conference where both French and English are spoken, please note the instances in which French was the initial language. When relaying chants from a crowd or the words on a protest sign in a language other than English, make clear that a translation was used.

In cases where a direct or indirect quote is based on translation rather than the exact words uttered, it is important to make that clear to the reader.

OBSCENITY

Bulletinxp’s transition to an internet news provider has allowed the news report a bigger audience than ever before. In today’s media climate, stories aren’t filtered through dozens of editors before reaching the public. Thanks to technology developments, we may bypass the traditional gatekeeper and get our content to our target audiences in an unrestrained and unfiltered form.

As a result, Bulletinxp has a clear policy banning the use of obscenity, which is well-understood by employees and severely enforced by supervisors.

Obscenity has no place in any form of news reporting except in the most extreme and rare of circumstances.

Curse words of four letters or less, whether yelled from the crowd or scribbled on the sign of an angry demonstrator, add nothing to the narrative. Profanity used for the sake of profanity does not enlighten the reader, listener, or viewer.

Occurring in the news only seldom, there are times when explicit language is warranted. For instance, a famous person might use obscene language in front of the public. In other circumstances, employing profanity is important for a comprehensive grasp of the facts or emotions driving a story.

Such events, however, happen only infrequently.

Reporters should always look for less offensive ways to convey information. If obscenity is absolutely necessary to the story, a senior editor at the Main Desk must be consulted before any story, audio, or visual is transmitted.

SENSITIVE MATTER

Any news item could be offensive to some people. Topics related to age, race, sex, disabilities, and religion occasionally generate headlines, but they require special caution.

Use justice, sensitivity, and good taste when referring to someone based on their age, race, religion, nationality, appearance, gender, or sexual orientation.

SOURCES AND ETHICS

When we commit to maintaining confidentiality, we must adhere to our word. However, it is only fair to notify potential suppliers that it cannot be absolute. Reporters may be compelled to reveal their sources by a court order.

Verbal agreements with vendors are binding and can be enforced in a court of law. Make sure both you and your source are clear on the parameters of the agreement before you begin gathering the information. Never give your word if you don’t intend to keep it.

You may, for instance, promise to keep the source’s identity secret from anybody other than your employer and do not identify the source in the piece itself. If the source’s identity becomes public, whether, by mistake or court order, the source could be put in danger.

Bulletinxp will never instruct or advise an employee to defy a valid legal order. The company will foot the bill for an attorney to advise the worker and argue before the court that the information shouldn’t be made public.

It is important for sources to understand that reporters are obligated to disclose their identities to their editors and supervisors. Anyone from the bureau’s news editor to the President fits this description. In other words, this doesn’t mean that everyone up the ladder needs to be in the loop. A member of staff may speak with the Chief Editor or the President face-to-face if the matter at hand is especially delicate.

It is the policy of the highest management to give advance warning to the original staff member if a source’s needs are revealed above the President’s level.

Sometimes Bulletinxp receives a news tip that is so top secret that we cannot verify it with any of our other sources and we must treat it as such. There would be a meeting between upper management and the original worker. If the problem cannot be solved, we shall not distribute the material.

As part of responsible reporting, it is essential to give the audience as much context as possible about the identity of the anonymous source. In this way, the reader can decide if they want to invest further time in the story. The credentials of the unknown source should never deceive the reader. You can probably conceive of a description that serves the reader well and keeps the source safe with a little bit of creative thought.

So that the tale can inform the reader without revealing the identity of the character, it may be useful to get assistance from the source on the wording of such a description.

While providing information that could lead to an individual’s identification, some sources may insist on remaining anonymous. It’s hard to state for sure who leaked this classified material because doing so would be dishonest (another Economy Department official, who asked for anonymity, said). It is usually good to utilize phrasing like It was also learned.

The following are some more tools for handling anonymous tips:

Leverage the confidentiality of third-party data as if it were Bulletinxp’s own. Any information from an unnamed source in a news article or TV report should be accompanied by a link back to the original source: The Washington Post quotes an anonymous official from the Energy Department as saying…

  • The source’s desire for anonymity and the reasoning behind it should be included in the narrative.
  • Spokespeople and officials should not be confused. A spokesman represents the views of others, whereas an official assists in the shaping of those ideas.
  • When a made-up name is utilised (as in the instance of a problematic teenager or a welfare family), or when a composite character is invented to stand in for a larger group of individuals, the hoax must be explained as soon as feasible. It is a tool that will lose its usefulness if used too often. It’s recommended to consult a manager prior to putting it into action.

Attribution

The internet and social networking sites like Facebook, where people can share information, have changed the way news is gathered. Reporters frequently turn to the web as their initial resource. It’s especially helpful for tracking down eyewitnesses to a large event, identifying news tips or trends, discovering new sources, and confirming background information.

In terms of copyright protection, online content is treated no differently than content found in traditional print media. A full citation is required for paraphrases, while quotation marks are required for direct quotes. Giving due attribution will help you prevent accidentally copying someone else’s work without their knowledge.

CORRECTIVE ACTIONS AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS

Inevitably, blunders will be made. The media frequently publishes untrue claims. When this occurs, getting it fixed as quickly as possible is of utmost importance.

While most online stories disappear after 24 hours, some forms of information, such as music or videos, can remain accessible for much longer. Although websites have a contractual obligation to remove Bulletinxp content after a certain period of time, these stories are often archived online for much longer. Unlike articles in traditional print media, there is more than one format for tales published online. They may always be up-to-date with the latest information because it is published online immediately. Because of this, the time allotted to finish a Writethru in order to correct an error is much longer than the typical newspaper deadline cycle.

Bulletinxp uses the following strategies to address problems and potential difficulties with stories:

A correction to the text that is written through Writethru, either in terms of content or wording.

  • Eliminates a false, illegal, or otherwise damaging story.
  • Inserts a new story in place of the one that was deleted using Writethru Correction Sub.
  • A corrective is a statement made to rectify an error that has likely already appeared in print. Its creation was motivated by a desire to correct the record and address the mistake. For the most part, it focuses on data that has been disproven.

Privacy

The tech sector places a premium on individual confidentiality. We are against any kind of unwarranted invasion of personal space. It is against the policy of the company to bring matters of private behavior, knowledge, or conversation to light without first obtaining permission.

When reporting on tragic events, we believe it is important to respect the privacy of the victims and refrain from using any images that could be considered demeaning to their memory.

Intangible Property Rights, Including Copyright

Protected forms of intellectual property include the following:

Copyright law safeguards industrial designs, trademarks, and geographic indications.

This is a subject that falls under the purview of several different laws, including the Copyright Act, the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act, the Patents Act, and the Designs Act.