Fact Checking Policy
We highly value our readers and believe journalism is a key pillar of checks and balances in any functioning society. As such, we are committed to being accurate, clear, and precise with the content published on our platform, including any content that appears in our articles, our social media posts, our URLs, and our headlines. Our team members understand that their stories – including each word they write and statement they report on – can have significant impact and as such they must act responsibly with the power and influence they have.
petstv.net’ team is required to verify all information they gather for an article by going through multiple steps. These steps include cross-checking any identifiable information (names, identities, locations), eye-witness statements, and any other statements or accounts made in relation to a story. Each team member conducts their own fact-checking in relation to the above, guided by internal policies and the Ethics Policy.
When it has been deemed necessary in certain circumstances, reportlook.com will also use fact-checkers.
Sourcing Information for Our content
We source information in the most accurate way by following the given guidelines: Verify each and every information with at least two sources.
In case of a single source, the credibility of the source is ensured through corroboration with what the person is saying. Look for documentary evidence in every case possible, instead of solely relying on a human source.
In case of a survey, it is Our duty that We provide the way the information was collected and how the data was interpreted. If there are chances of Our data not leading to accurate information, We convey the inconsistencies to the audience at the earliest possible time. Aim and intent is to get accurate information at the first instance instead of making it public first and then subsequently addressing any doubts whatsoever.
Always put efforts to take and talk on record with the stakeholders of the information/news. Explain why a source is not named when an anonymous source is being used depending on the circumstances, and work out a way with such sources to provide the readers with as much information as possible about them so that readers can assess the sources’ reliability. Share information about sources with Our editors to enable them (editors as well reporters) to assess whether the concerned piece of information is appropriate for use and the manner it may be used in.
The conversation between the reporter and editor must be reflected in anonymous quotations. Have succinct conversations with sources as to how to use the information furnished by them, especially when the sources do not have significant experience in engaging with the media.
Clarify a source’s expectations of keeping information “off the record”, and/or “on background”, and/or other statuses because such terms can have different meanings for different people. Give people the right to respond to reporting that may portray them in a negative light, and explain to readers the efforts We put in to seek response in cases where sources do not respond. Consciously seek such sources who are in dearth of any access to wide public platforms in conjunction with those sources who are influential and powerful.
A senior resource or the person who is heading the newsroom at The Logical Indian can always be consulted in case one is in a dilemma or is unable to make a decision by themselves in order to avoid any wrong piece of information being presented to the audience.