Reporters, editors, photographers and all members of the news staff of bangladeshinfo.com are to believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the news team in bangladeshinfo.com thereby is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.
bangladeshinfo.com has been in existence for the last 10 years and still going strong, below are the pillars which hold firm on the issue of how we broadcast news:
"SECURE PUBLIC TRUST"
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should recognize that their first and foremost duty is towards the viewers/readers. News Team needs to produce comprehensive information to the public, so that they can reach enlightened decisions and thereby gain publics trust.
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should seek truth in news consistently and thereby present the news in an unbiased, accurate and wholesome manner.
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should illustrate news fairly and impartially, placing importance on significance and relevance. In addition, News Team should practice reflecting diversity of expressions, opinions, and ideas in a particular subject matter to ensure a fair judgment among its followers.
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should present news honestly and at the same time gracefully by avoiding real or perceived conflicts of interest; also the News Team should admire the dignity and intellect of audience as well as the subjects of the news.
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should work towards fortifying their right to publish/broadcast unbiased news to its viewers/readers. News Team must evaluate news content solely through their editorial judgment and not under the pressure of any outside influence.
News Team in bangladeshinfo.com should be well aware that they are responsible for their actions; as if not performed accurately this can have adverse effects on the public, the profession and themselves.
Specification of Guidelines for News Presentation in bangladeshinfo.com
> Text Contents used in News
Viewers/readers of bangladeshinfo.com (herein after bdinfo) should be able to assume that every word between quotation marks is what the speaker or writer said. bdinfo.com does not "reproduce" quotations. If a subject's grammar or taste is unsuitable, quotation marks should be removed and the awkward passage paraphrased. Unless the writer has detailed notes or a recording.
"Approximate" quotations can undermine readers' trust in the rational news presentation of bangladeshinfo.com. bangladeshinfo.com news team should, of course, omit extraneous syllables like "um" and may judiciously delete false starts. If any further omission is necessary, close the quotation, insert new attribution and begin another quotation. (bdinfo does adjust spelling, punctuation, capitalization and abbreviations within a quotation for consistent style.) In every case, writer and editor must both be satisfied that the intent of the subject has been preserved.
Viewers/readers of bdinfo should not be offended or threatened by opinions broadcasted by bdinfo news correspondents. The news team should be particularly very cautious while:
* Identifying juvenile suspects and victims of sex crimes.
* Posting news which would hurt the feelings and or sovereignty of a particular nationality/religion/race/culture/population.
* Naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
* Receiving gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and also shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they ask for compromising journalistic integrity and in return give out biased judgments, and if found guilty of these charges, adequate punitive measures will be taken against the incumbent personnel immediately.
bdinfo recognizes an ethical responsibility to correct all its factual errors, large and small. The web portal regrets every error, but it applauds the integrity of a writer who volunteers a correction of his or her own published story. Whatever the origin, though, any complaint should be relayed to a responsible supervising editor and investigated quickly. If a correction is warranted, fairness demands that it will be re-published immediately.
> Freelancer's/ Contributor's Content used in News Section
Other People's Reporting.
When we use facts/reports gathered by any other organization/person, we attribute them. This policy applies to material from newspapers, magazines, books and broadcasts, as well as news agencies like The Associated Press, Bangladesh Sangbad Sanstha (for example, "the President told The Associated Press") When writing from a pool report, if we have not witnessed the events, we attribute them to the pool reporter. In a roundup, we may use a phrase like "reports from news agencies and bdinfo desk."
> Photograph Contents used in News Section
Photography and Images.
Images in our pages that purport to depict reality must be genuine in every way. No people or objects may be added, rearranged, reversed, distorted or removed from a scene (except for the recognized practice of cropping to omit extraneous outer portions). Adjustments of color or gray
scale should be limited to those minimally necessary for clear and accurate reproduction. Pictures of news situations must not be posed. In the cases of collages, montages, portraits, fashion or home design illustrations, fanciful contrived situations and demonstrations of how a device is used; our intervention should be unmistakable to the reader/viewer, and unmistakably free of intent to deceive. Captions and credits should further acknowledge our intervention if the slightest doubt is possible.
The news team should exercise care while depicting the following:
* Don't depict graphic images (violence of any sort, blood, accidents)
* Shouldn't reveal nudity (state of undress, for any of the respective sexes) or vulgarity (looks of bad taste, due to the content of the picture or cartoon) to the readers/viewers.