Fact-Checking Policy

Purpose: At NFCW Blig, we prioritize the accuracy and integrity of our content, as outlined in our Fact-Checking Policy.

Commitment to Precision in Our Reporting

For any journalistic entity, audience trust is crucial and is built on accurate, fair, and unbiased reporting. Our commitment to ‘due accuracy’ goes beyond just being correct; it involves capturing the true essence of the information. We consider the subject matter, the nature of the information, and our audience’s expectations in our pursuit of accuracy.

We aim to provide the most accurate reports, seeking confirmation from direct stakeholders whenever possible. We approach claims with a critical eye, challenging assumptions and questioning established norms.

We acknowledge that despite our best efforts, some uncertainties may remain. The extent of our fact-checking efforts may vary depending on the story type, such as the difference in sources required for a positive story about an NGO versus an investigative report.

Our Guidelines for Ensuring Accuracy:

  • We source our broadcasts from reliable, evidence-backed sources. When direct sources are unavailable, we attribute the information to its original platform.
  • We diligently verify claims and information, especially those from public authorities or individuals with agendas beyond mere truth-telling. We clearly indicate unverifiable claims or allegations.
  • We stand by our published information’s accuracy and promptly update and inform our readers of any corrections.
  • We are committed to not misleading or manipulating information. We openly acknowledge serious factual errors and rectify them transparently.
  • We offer a “Suggest A Correction” feature on our website for public reporting of inaccuracies.

Our journalists are responsible for reporting, writing, and fact-checking. Stories undergo multiple levels of scrutiny, including internal fact-checking and editorial review. The seniority of editors involved in the review process varies based on the story’s complexity and sensitivity.

In allegations, we reach out to all relevant parties, independently verify information, and strive for accuracy.

Guidelines for Sourcing Information:

  • We verify information with at least two sources.
  • For single-source information, we corroborate the source’s credibility.
  • We seek documentary evidence in addition to human sources.
  • For surveys, we detail the collection and interpretation methods and communicate any potential inaccuracies.
  • We prioritize accuracy over speed in publishing.
  • We clarify terms like “off the record” with sources to ensure clear expectations.
  • We give individuals the opportunity to respond to negative portrayals and explain our efforts to seek responses.
  • We seek diverse sources, including those without wide public platforms.

In challenging situations, senior newsroom personnel at NFCW Blog provide guidance to ensure accuracy.

Handling User-Generated Content:

User-generated content requires careful verification. We don’t assume accuracy and take steps to confirm its authenticity, especially when dealing with lobby groups or interested parties. We clearly label user-generated content and follow these guidelines:

  • We verify internet sources, including the identity of website operators.
  • We distinguish between fact and rumor, particularly with social media content.
  • We apply extra scrutiny to internet-sourced material and clearly indicate material not gathered by us.

These practices ensure the highest level of accuracy and reliability in our content.