Blasting News understands its readers’ desire to create a direct relationship with its news contributors (Blasters), to learn about expertise and experience, along with potential implicit bias. Therefore, we are committed to provide our readers with all the necessary and relevant disclosures and information about our contributors’ data and expertise.
We provide a long set information about our Blasters, including: name and surname, persistent social-media ID, photo, location (where based), languages spoken, areas of expertise, contact details, type of affiliation with Blasting News (Job Title or Role), archive (past articles published on Blasting News), and a brief biography that can potentially include previous employers, education, outside interests, ethical decisions (such as voting and community involvement), and any affiliations that may pose conflicts of interest, and how these are handled.
All of the above information is accessible on the Blaster’s profile page (which is linked within any piece of news written by the Blaster), and some of the information is directly accessible on the Blaster’s news article page.
We provide the same information given for our Blasters, plus a list of the news articles that have been approved by each Senior. However, we internally have much more information which we do not feel is beneficial to disclose to readers, such as: passport (verified through a physical meeting or a video conference call), VAT/National Health ID Number, current phone number, updated CV, proof of current or previous journalistic experiences or journalistic education.
To become a Senior, an academic or professional background in journalism is required, which must be verified by a senior Blasting News representative in a video call. Typically, Seniors have strong backgrounds in journalism, have great writing skills, are experts in their areas of interest, and have shown a deep affinity for Blasting News values, and the community as a whole. Becoming a Senior is a great privilege and a great responsibility.
In total, We have a reporting staff of 2,000 active freelancers.