CORRECTION POLICIES AND METHODOLOGIES
For the #FactsFirstPH project, the Baguio Chronicle abides by the elements of newsworthiness, most particularly with proximity.
By proximity, we mean:
- The story should have come out in Northern Luzon (including Central Luzon) which is the newspaper’s area of coverage and for the project as well. By this we mean that the news (or fake news) had its dateline in the area. A major political personality could have made a sortie in the area or a major political event (or non-event) occurred here.
- News about major political or public figures and influencers from the North was subject of misinformation.
- The news or non-news has tremendous impact on Northern and Central Luzon
Proximity would be our first criteria. Other stories not within the category but that we think we are the first to break will also be a priority. We have to scan other news outfits if this story has not been brought out and then we proceed.
How to proceed:
- Each of the staff were assigned an area within Northern and Central Luzon and will be monitoring these areas through social media, media outfits, press conferences etc.
- Tips sent by viewers and readers through our tiplines should also be verified immediately.
- Bring out your story in our newsgroup complete with screengrab images and source of the story or non-story. We also are required to provide our sources to prove veracity of the accounts.
- At least two of the members of the newsgroup will then help verify if the tip is worth pursuing and was not yet verified by partners. We use the Check app provided by Meedan for this.
- The one who brought it out or any of the verifiers would then write a short article about the story about its veracity or not. We would also bring out a rating of the story based on the Google rating. We will also use the translated rating for our translated accounts. Some of the stories will be translated to Ilocano, Pangasinense, and Kankanaey, the major languages in the North.
- If it is used, we follow up and make a longer version and bring it out on our website and printed paper. We also send this to Rappler for bigger distribution.
- If the story was proven otherwise (what we thought was misinformation actually turned out to be true, for example), we then issue a correction based on the procedure or protocol set up by the whole network.
- To reach a bigger audience, especially the youth, we have Spotify and Youtube channels to discuss how we verified these stories.
MIA MAGDALENA CAPUYAN FOKNO
Account Executive/Social Media
Manager Editor In Chief