WNews’s Fact-Checking Policy
Posted: March 25, 2019 | Updated: March 12, 2021
WNewsNetwork is part of W-World Media which reports the news to the international community. The following is our fact-checking policy for news reported from WNews. This policy applies to our reporters, writers and officials plus third-party Authors/writers. Personal Viewpoint or Ops does not apply but needs to follow News Ethics Policies.
Reporters must be precise with their words, headlines, and URLs. They must understand that words have power and act responsibly. In doing so, reporters must verify the information they gather. This includes identifying information such as names and positions, but also includes factual statements and accounts. Reporters conduct their own fact-checking using their own judgment guided by the ethics policy. WNewsNetwork will use fact-checkers in certain circumstances it deems warranted.
As required by our term of use Section 2.2.2 States “you shall not upload, post or transmit anything that you know to be false, misleading or inaccurate.”
As a News company and service, we want to make sure that all our posts and contents are followings the Five (5) Ws Reporting Standards which is the following:
- Who’s in the story
- What is Happening
- Where it happened
- Why it happened
- When did it happen
- How did it happen
So one of the requirements is that the post has a media content attached to the post to make sure of the validity of the story. A media can included the following: a photo, video and/or audio.
If you post a satire article, you are require to put “Satire” in either the bottom of the article or in the article tags and put the post into the category “Satire Posts” so that other users know when they view that post.
(B) Reporting Fake News
If you find content that does follow these guidelines, please report the content through our reporting system or by email to [email protected] with the following required information:
(C) Approved Fact Checking or News Organization Sites for News Stories
- The full URL of the content in question
- The title and date of the content
- The user name that posted the content in question
- The reason why you believe the post is fake and a URL to a fact-checking site like scopes or to a story published by another organization or company (see below section C)
- Your email or phone to contact you at if we need more information
- And the following statement: “I hereby agree that this article has false intent and information. I hereby agree that I’m submitting this report for review and that I’m being truthful about my report”
(D) Exemption to Guideline
Reporters must be precise with their words, headlines, and URLs. They must understand that words have power and act responsibly. In doing so, reporters must verify the information they gather. This includes identifying information such as names and positions, but also includes factual statements and accounts. Reporters conduct their own fact checking using their own judgment guided by the ethics policy. WNewsNetwork will use fact checkers in certain circumstances it deems warranted.
(E) Satire Stories
- A Story posted by WNewsNetwork’s Editorial team
- Governments News Provided by a Government Official or office
- AP or it’s related services like Canadian Press
- Reuters, Bloomberg News or related News Agencies
- Scopes, factcheck.org, Washington Post Factchecker
- Corporation Press Releases (Provided that a link is Provided)
- A major site like CNBC, CBC News, NBC News, Fox News that has the story on the topic In Question
We do allow Satire stories but they must have the word “Satire” somewhere In the story so that users know.
Beginning of Post Example: “Satire: Story Headline Name Put Here”
Story Ending: “This story is Satire Post”
Post Tags: “Satire”, “Satire News”, “Satire News” and/or “Satire Politics”