Blasting News strongly believes in independent information made by independent people with different points of view.

Blasters are free to share their own opinions, even when they are controversial: Blasting News firmly believes in freedom of speech.
However, Blasters are held accountable for the content they publish on the site: Blasting News respects the laws, values and traditions maintained by different countries and cultures around the world.
Blasting News’ proprietary algorithm places content on the site based on both trending topics and reader interest, therefore articles are sorted, placed on the homepage, on their related topics and on Channels in an unbiased fashion, regardless of political views or ideologies. Blasting News is constantly improving this algorithm in order to provide readers with multiple perspectives on any given issue. Blasting News strongly condemns any type of offensive content including, racism, pornography, pedophilia, and exclusion based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, geography, religion or social status.

Blasting News loves experts on any area of interest, and high-quality news.

Blasting News promotes only high-quality information written by Blasters showing a high level of expertise, authority and trustworthiness in their areas of interest. Content that does not fit into this category nor provides any value to the community will not be promoted by the site and will be promptly unpublished.

Blasters only publish original content, and verify all of the sources and information they use.

Blasters are forbidden to publish any advertising content or pre-written material. Each article is scanned by an automated anti-plagiarism technology. As a result, Blasting News will not publish content copied from other sites, content that violates copyright and trademark rights, or content that has a purely promotional objective. Blasters that violate this rule will be removed from the community after a warning. Blasters strongly reject “churnalism”.

Blasters can create their own personal communities of followers on Blasting News.

Blasting News encourages Blasters to create their own communities by leveraging readers from Blasting News’ own social network and by engaging their followers with newsworthy and high-quality content. Blasters are also encouraged to engage readers and followers through search engine traffic, however, any member of the community who manipulates the rank of the search engine page, thus violating their policies, will be immediately removed.

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.

Blasting News applies the higher ethical standards.

Blasting News’ ethical code is based on the willingness of it being accurate, fair and complete, and for its contributors to act with honesty, transparency, and independence, `including independence from conflicts of interest.
Our key principles are:

  • Truth and Accuracy
    Blasters are expected to be as accurate as possible. Getting facts from verifiable sources is the cardinal principle of journalism. Blasting News always strives for accuracy, provides all the relevant facts available, and ensures that they have been verified. Blasting News makes it clear when it cannot corroborate certain information.
  • Independence
    Blasters must be independent voices; Blasting News does not act, formally or informally, on behalf of special interests, whether political, corporate, or cultural. Independent fact-checking by other employees or actors is always involved in the publication process.
  • Fairness and Impartiality
    Most stories have at least two sides. While there is no obligation to present every side in every piece, stories are balanced and add context. Impartial reporting builds trust and confidence.
  • Humanity
    Blasters do not harm. What Blasting News publishes or broadcasts may be offensive to some, but it is aware of the impact of its words and images on the lives of others. Private persons have privacy rights that must be balanced against the public interest in reporting information about them.
  • Accountability
    A sure sign of professionalism and responsible journalism is the ability to hold oneself accountable. Corrections are published when errors are discovered. Blasting News listens to the concerns of its audience.

The Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics offers the following advice, which is representative of the practical ideas of Blasting News. Quoting directly:

  • Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.
  • Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.
  • Recognise that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
  • Recognise that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone's privacy.
  • Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.
  • Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects or victims of sex crimes.
  • Be judicious about naming criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.
  • Balance a criminal suspect's fair trial rights with the public's right to be informed.

Blasting News takes clickbaiting very seriously: it is a very harsh form of offence to our readers. A click-baiting headline or subheadline is a violation of Blasting News policy and leads to the refusal of the proposed news article and to the suspension/exclusion of the Blaster. Blasters and Seniors commit to the following rules:

1. Never fake headlines and subheadline.

If an article contains a fake or misleading headline or subheadline, Blasting News considers the entire article as fake news, regardless of the validity of the article’s overall content. In Blasting News’ publication, including fake or misleading headlines or subheadlines is never acceptable: Seniors will take action to reject or edit the specific content accordingly.

2. Make sure that the headline gives ALL the key information contained in the article’s content.

Readers must understand the most important information about an article’s content before even clicking on the article itself. Catchy titles or titles with slight gaps in information are acceptable, but again, ALL the key information of the article’s content must be clearly presented in its title.

3. Start the article with the most important keyword.

The best article headlines include, at the very beginning, the article’s keyword(s) (whatever word(s) best summarize the article’s content). Including keywords is beneficial on two levels: it helps readers gain more value from Blasting News’ platform and Blasters’ content, and it helps Blasters by potentially increasing their article’s SEO standing.

4. Never use "Calls to Action" in the headlines or subheadlines.

It is unacceptable to use a “call to action” in the headline or subheadlines. A “call to action” refers to any attempt to draw attention to an article by blatantly asking readers to engage with the content (e.g. “Click here to read this article” or “Read this article now to learn about the economy”). If an article contains video content (e.g. embedded from YouTube), it is acceptable to include the word “(Video)” or similar, provided that the Blaster additionally includes information about the article’s content.

5. Be cautious in including questions within the headlines or subheadlines (usually this leads to clickbaiting)

It is unacceptable to use a question as an article’s headline when the answer to the question is already known and then explained in the news content following the headline.
It may be acceptable to use a questions as a part of an article’s headline when the question itself is genuine and the answer is not known yet. However, a title cannot finish with the question mark.

6. Be cautious with rumours in the headlines (usually this leads to clickbaiting).

It is unacceptable to promote spoilers in the headline, unless it is clearly and prominently stated that it is a spoiler at the beginning of the headline

8. Give the proper context for events tied to a location or a city.

If a news is related to a specific location/city, always add the location/city at the beginning of the headline.

9. Tell the reader if you are giving information about streaming.

It is unacceptable to promote information about streaming in the headline, unless it is clearly and prominently stated that it is a “INFO STREAMING” at the beginning of the headline.
Note: This kind of content is acceptable only when it gives proper and useful information about the actual streaming of the event.

10. Don’t use dates in headlines, unless it is vital to do so.

Generally speaking, it is unacceptable to use dates in headlines (although very few exceptions may exist). The news are related to the day they are published.

11. Never use sensationalist or alarming words in the title or subtitle.

It is unacceptable to include in a title rhetoric or language that distorts, exaggerates, or modifies the article’s reality. Language that is purposefully meant to add shock value is also unacceptable. Including such language in an article’s title is grounds for a Senior to reject the entire article.

Blasting News believes in transparency and honesty. Therefore, Blasting News will correct mistakes promptly. Fullness and freshness of information represent two inescapable values in the online journalism world, and Blasting News believes that accuracy is equally essential; we ensure expediency in making corrections when needed.

Blasting News is dedicated to informing its readers when it has made a mistake (however big or small), conveying the error’s severity, and providing the correct information as soon as the mistake is brought to attention.

When an error is detected within an article, Blasting News immediately works to find the correct information and clearly display the corrections wherever possible within the article. The corrections will include:

  1. The correct information.
  2. What was originally published that was incorrect.
  3. The date (and time, if available) when the change took place.

The process to report errors from within articles is made easy to understand, by providing an email address and form to contact us at the beginning of each article.

Whenever errors cannot be amended within the body of an article’s content, corrections are displayed clearly at the first possible position on the article page. For news articles, this is directly below the title, and for video/audio news, directly at the beginning of the content. Rather than remove completely the content containing a mistake, we provide clarification and admittance of our mistakes to preserve transparency.

Blasting News commits to verifying all statistics and technical information by cross-checking with source documents and/or clearly stating the source of the information. This sometimes involves seeking the consultation of an external expert or the primary source of the information, and providing them with any necessary information from the content in question for verification.

Blasting News prides itself on the validity of its content, and therefore does whatever it can to be sure that the information presented by its writers is accurate. As a well-known global publication, Blasting News understands the importance of approaching claims with skepticism, thinking critically, and upholding accuracy in whatever way possible.

Blasting News encourages its Blasters to keep in mind the following considerations when producing articles:

  • Credit, acknowledge, and verify the source(s) of your information.
  • Consider whether you know enough about the information to qualify as a trustable source.
  • Think critically when addressing claims.
  • Never make assumptions.

We trust our Blasters integrity and the accuracy of the information provided in our publication. But in the case that a mistake is made, we recognize the importance of admitting to mistakes and diligently working to provide correct information whenever mistakes are made. Consequently, we encourage our readers, contributors, and their sources to provide us with feedback on any of our content

Under Blasting News’ policies and guidelines, material from anonymous sources may be used only if:

  1. The material is information, and not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report.
  2. The information is not available except under the conditions of anonymity imposed by the source.
  3. The source is reliable, and in a position to have accurate information.

Blasting News strictly follows two statements contained in the The SPJ Code of Ethics on anonymous sources:

  • Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources' reliability.
    A journalist’s most important professional possession is credibility. If news consumers don’t have faith that the stories they are reading or watching are accurate and fair, or if they suspect information attributed to an anonymous source has been fabricated, then the journalists effectively lose all of their credibility. To protect their credibility and the credibility of their stories, Blasters must use every possible avenue to confirm and attribute information before relying on unnamed sources. If the only way to publish a story that is of importance to its audience is to use anonymous sources, the writer owes it to the readers to identify the source as clearly as possible without exposing the identity of the individual who has been granted anonymity.
  • Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.
    Blasters can not take information from anonymous sources without the approval of a Blasting News central employee. We use information from anonymous sources to tell important stories that would otherwise go unreported.

The decision to use an anonymous source is not a decision made solely by the Blaster. To use an anonymous source, the Blaster must have the written consent of a Blasting News central employee.

A Blasting News central employee will grant consensus if the source is considered to be credible and reliable, and if there is substantial journalistic justification for using the source’s information without attribution. This requires deciding whether it is editorially justifiable to let the source speak anonymously, and having confidence that the source is in fact the same one mentioned in the content and is justified as reliable to speak on the information in question. Blasting News should never be in the position of having to verify these factors after a story has been broadcasted or published.

Blasting News encourages meaningful conversations between Blasters, Seniors, readers and senior Blasting News employees.

We are committed to engaging with our readers and taking action based on their suggestions, complaints, and other feedback. Readers may help us develop an individual story or line of coverage, answer questions that a story may raise, identify related or under-covered issues, and teach us about new and diverse sources, experts, and perspectives. We believe that news organizations have a responsibility to engage with the public on the values, issues, and ideas of the times, and that news organizations have much to gain in return. In fact, actionable feedback may:

  • Further develop an individual story or line of coverage.
  • Help answer questions that a story may raise.
  • Help identify related questions or issues that the audience, including demographic segments of that audience, is discussing or are concerned about.
  • Yield new and diverse sources and experts.

We commit to interact with the readers in several ways.

  1. Contact Us
    A page listing all editorial contributors with verified mailto links, providing our readers with clear information, email addresses and phone numbers, where they can ask questions or report complaints.
  2. Forum
    A defined channel dedicated to discussing a news source’s coverage or agenda, also providing access to third-party social media websites (Facebook), where readers can have a more direct and informal relationship with the Blasting News team.
  3. Complaints
    A dedicated link/form for complaints, easily accessible from every Blasting News article page, providing our users with a direct feedback system to report any error, suggestion, or request for adjustment for each article.
  4. Comments in Articles (when appropriate) and in Channels
    Active (moderated) comment section on articles, giving the possibility to comment on each article, either directly on the article’s page or on the Channel where the article is hosted. Blasting News has the right to edit or cancel comments, messages and content submitted by readers.
  5. Author data
    Verified author social profiles connected to author pages on the Blasting News site, making available on the platform author contact information (permanent social ID).
  6. User feedback stories
    In particular, the direct feedback system, easily accessible from every Blasting News article page, is a key element of our editorial standing. Blasting News provides its users with a direct feedback system, easily accessible from every Blasting News’ article page, to report any error, suggestion or request for adjustment for each article.
  7. Article updates
    Updates to articles based on audience comments/feedback.
  8. Audience polls
    Public audience polls with results published to take product (new features) and editorial (new topics to be covered) decisions.
  9. Community Managers and Central Team
    Blasting News makes available on the platform contact informations (emails and permanent social ID) of Community Managers and the rest of the central Blasting News team.

We are proud of keeping this openness as a priority, in line with the nature of our open platform.

Note: This step will be live from June 11th 2018

Blasting News clearly labels each article under specific vertical categories. In addition, Blasting News labels each article with the type of work it represents:

  • News
  • Analyses
  • Opinions
  • Sponsored Content/Advertising (note: Blasters are not allowed to publish any sort of sponsored content unless they get a written permission from Blasting News central team in London or in New York).

To ensure readers can easily identify these labels, Blasting News:

  • Uses consistent labeling on all articles to indicate analysis, opinion, reviews and news.
  • Uses understandable labelling.
  • Places the labels in a prominent place at the top of articles.
  • Conducts research with readers about the most effective labels and incorporates these findings in their publications.

Readers have the opportunity to dispute, respond or otherwise engage with the label of news, analysis, opinion, or paid content. In order to do so, readers can write an email to: corrections@blastingnews.com

Adding credibility by using verifiable evidence of the facts used in reporting can give readers greater confidence in the articles they read. Signals of clear and traceable identification of source material in reporting bolsters evidence of genuine research, claims made, or events cited, and allows readers to follow stories further.

Following the suggestions given by The Trust Project, Blasting News will provide three different classes of insight information:

  • Internal Original Materials: Provide titles and links to internal documents gathered by the newsroom, such as transcripts of interviews, documents collected under transparency laws or leaked, and datasets that were collected and analyzed.
  • External Original Materials: For public documents from government, agencies, companies and private entities, and to the public bio pages of key persons interviewed, e.g., on Wikipedia or their own home pages provide titles and links to external materials and sources used. Scientific or other journal articles fall under this category.
  • Secondary News Sources: For secondary sources such as ethnic media, local media, or other news reports provide titles that were the basis for the piece. Trade journal articles fall under this category.

Blasters and Seniors must pay attentions to the following key areas.

Citations and annotations can be expected to add in a story when:

  • Citations are central to substantial and investigative work.
  • Citations are included in other significant stories.

Considerations:

  • Assess the information you want to provide in order to protect your sources and to take into account local legislation on defamation and copyright.

What sources should be cited:

  • Firstly, any verifiable claims that are based on reported events or studies.
  • Any third-party published material to which the piece refers in a substantial way.
  • Anything being used to justify or elaborate on a statement in the story.
  • In order to distinguish between the opinions of the writers and the specialist knowledge of others.
  • Citations include links to the original material.
  • Secondary sources, such as other news stories, are used case-by-case where they add value and give credit to work derived from a local or other source.

Recommended format:

  • Keep readers on the page as much as possible. Citations are contained largely within the document, in order not to overly interrupt the flow of the reader, while still giving stepping off points to deeper content.
  • When feasible, publish the data that you have collected and analyzed.

Interviews:

  • Link to a bio (or LinkedIn page) of the person interviewed when quoting an interview.
  • Provide credentials and context of an interview source next to the quote.

Recognized challenges:

  • The most common obstacles we find to providing a link to source information are (1) when the source material is not online and is protected by copyright, or (2) when the source material may not be easily understood by a general reader. LinkedIn is a good option for bios of interview subjects.

Sharing news on social networks is an important tool to make voices heard, and therefore to help fulfill Blasting News’ mission. Spamming, however, is against Blasting News’ policies.

When joining Blasting News, every Blaster agrees not to violate the policies or rules of any social network they engage with and to strictly following this set of rules created by Blasting News’ internal team.

Blasting News Condensed Sharing Policies:

  1. You cannot share Blasting News' article massively and out of context, this is SPAM
  2. You cannot write clickbait titles (e.g. presenting false information in the title)
  3. You cannot use Facebook accounts that do not correspond to your true identity
  4. You cannot share nudity or pornographic content
  5. You cannot offer money or prize incentives to make people click your articles
  6. You cannot create a fan page pretending to be a celebrity or a TV Show (you can however, create these pages stating that it is an unofficial fan page)
  7. You cannot discriminate, be racist or promote violence
  8. You cannot use someone else's intellectual property, logos or trademarks

Blasting News Extended Sharing Policies (include several examples): Find them here

The objective of the Acceptable Content Guidelines (ACG) is to provide guidelines to Seniors about the principles to apply when reviewing and fact-checking the news proposed by Blasters. Moreover, we have absolutely no tolerance for fake news, in any and all forms. Readers deserve to accurate information on Blasting News, and so do we. False information makes society less informed and secure, on a global scale.

The Acceptable Content Guidelines (ACG) has been created with this goal in mind: Find them here