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article imageAccuracy in Citizen Journalism: Digital Journal User Policy

By Chris Hogg     Aug 20, 2007 in
Accuracy is the backbone of journalism and as Digital Journal pushes forward, accuracy and truth are the only things that matter.
We will not accept anything less than 100 per cent accuracy. With proper research and reporting of facts, there is no acceptable reason an article should have mistakes.
In the event a writer misreads a number, for example, his/her article should be immediately corrected and a notice of correction should explain what was changed. However, we will not permit fabrication or deliberate exaggeration of fact under any circumstance.
The Digital Journal brand is strong, and we are not willing to let anything jeopardize it, so all Digital Journalists must realize accuracy in reporting is of paramount importance.
Any fact or quote that is questionable should be sourced or left out. If you aren't sure about something, make calls to find out or don't publish. Anyone found to be reporting facts they know to be false will have their Digital Journalist status removed.
In the event a Digital Journalist has his or her writing privileges revoked, he is or she is free to re-apply as a Digital Journalist. However, during the reapplying process he or she must recognize mistakes and demonstrate how such mistakes will be avoided in the future.
All applications are reviewed by Digital Journal staff, and we reserve the right to revoke a Digital Journalist’s privileges or maintain a ban at our sole discretion, with due and fair consideration for all applicants.
All Digital Journalists who have their privileges reinstated will be under a probationary period. In the event a user breaches Digital Journal's Accuracy Guidelines (found on this page) a second time, that user will have all writing privileges revoked, with no chance for reinstatement. We appreciate the contribution and cooperation of all Digital Journalists as we work to protect accuracy in reporting.
*This policy is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.
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