Blasting News ensures the quality and accuracy of its news articles through a curated process.
Blasters can only submit news as a “proposal for publication”. As soon as the proposed news article is received, Blasting News adopts several layers of controls to ensure the quality and accuracy of the news article. After these controls, if the news article abides to Blasting News’ policies and standards, the news article is published.
A. Controls before publication
STEP 1 - Automatic Limitations tool and Anti-plagiarism tool.
Initially, the proposed article is checked by:
- The Automatic Limitations tool, which prevents the use of certain keywords and expressions within the content, as well as grammatical and simple syntax errors.
- The Anti-plagiarism algorithm, which prevents the publishing of content copied from elsewhere on the Internet (including Blasting News’ own website). Blasting News accepts from Blasters only original content not previously published in any other publication. The algorithm detects if an article has been copy-pasted from other sources, or if the article has been taken from another website. Blasting News’ automated anti-plagiarism technology will not allow for any content that violates copyright or trademark rights to be published.
STEP 2 - Compulsory control conducted by the Seniors.
The proposed article is then evaluated by a Senior, who can choose to either publish, correct, or reject the proposed article. When reviewing an article, Seniors must ensure that (among other factors):
- The content adheres to the Blasting News Acceptable Content Guidelines
- The sources cited in the article are correct, and that the article’s information is accurate and true.
- The content does not violate any law, e.g. terrorism, pornography or other crimes.
- The content is not promotional content nor advertising material; Blasters do not have the right to publish any such content.
- The content is newsworthy and is not “evergreen” content.
- The content is well written and well presented.
- The content’s headline and subheadline are powerful, catchy, and not click-baiting by any means.
Seniors do not impose their opinions on the content they verify.
Seniors, having the right to check other Blasters’ content, can publish their own news directly to the site. Content published by Seniors goes directly to STEP 3 of the approval process (see below).
STEP 3 - Further optional control conducted by the community of Blasters or/and by the internal Blasting News teams.
Once Step 1 and Step 2 have been completed, the proposed article is not necessarily published on the site; it may have to go through an additional verification process taken by the community of Blasters or by internal Blasting News teams to prevent mistakes on highly sensitive topics or highly read topics.
If an article has to go through Step 3 for being published, the detailed process is as follows:
- As soon as the article receives 1 approval from the Blasting News community/internal team, it is published on the site. However, it remains in a list of articles pending review. To avoid conflict of interests, the Blaster and the Senior already involved with the article cannot give the article any further approval.
- As soon as the article receives 5 approvals from the community/internal team, it gains the status of “Definitively Published” and it is removed from the list of the articles pending review.
- If, at any time during this process, the article receives 1 flag by the community/internal team as “Fake/Porn News”, it is sent for investigation to a senior Blasting News employee based in London or New York.
- If, at any time during this process, the article receives 2 flags by the community/internal team as “Click-baiting”, it is sent for investigation to a senior Blasting News employee based in London or New York.
Blasting News rewards its most active community members to ensure that this additional level of control is conducted promptly and with the highest level of commitment possible. Being an active community member can lead to becoming a Senior, if the other qualifications are met.
Blasting News uses the data generated from this process to improve the Seniors team and to improve its machine learning algorithms which, over time, will prevent fake news and click-baiting directly during the very first phases of news publication. Blasting News’ objective is to leverage machine learning algorithms to identify patterns of spam and low-quality journalism.
B. Controls after publication
STEP 4 - Control made by Algorithms.
The published article is continuously checked by proprietary algorithms specifically looking for click-baiting and misleading headlines. Any clickbait or misleading article will be sent for immediate review to a senior Blasting News employee based in London or New York.
STEP 5 - Continuous control conducted by Blasting News employees.
The published article is continuously checked by Blasting News employees based in London and New York. Every national community is led by a team of Community Managers, directly employed by Blasting News in its offices in London and New York. Community Managers, in addition to providing customer support, play an important role in the quality revision of suspicious articles before and after publication. Community Managers additionally have available an internal automatic, and several email alerts to continuously control the quality of news articles that are gaining significant traction and readers (e.g., the most-read news in the last hour, and the most-read news in the last 24 hours).
STEP 6 - Control made by the readers.
Finally, the published article is continuously checked by its own readers. Readers can suggest corrections and provide Blasting News with feedback through the site’s correction policy. In every news article, readers can easily find a very prominent and visible link through which they can send their feedback directly to Blasting News, whether the feedback is standard (chosen from a list of possible feedback suggested by Blasting News) or otherwise. Cooperation is key to ensure high-quality journalism and to improve journalism, fix errors, and enrich any content with different facts and points of view.