Standards & Policies

Accuracy & Ethics

ThinkCivics is committed to providing our readers truthful, accurate, and ethical reporting. We take multiple steps to verify claims in our reports and differentiate between confirmed facts, credible claims, and speculation. The claims in our articles are fact-checked by authors and reviewed by at least one editor. We provide readers multiple ways to contact us about any issues or questions about our reports and seek to address problems as quickly as possible, providing clear notation for significant revisions (see Corrections Policy).

Along with news reports, ThinkCivics publishes opinion and analysis (designated above the headline or by headlines beginning with the author’s last name in all caps). In the interest of truthful, transparent reporting, commentary, and analysis, opinion writers, and editorial staff are transparent about their ideological perspectives.

ThinkCivics requires the editorial staff to maintain the highest journalistic ethics and standards, including disclosing conflicts of interest, refusing any payments from outside sources for stories, and properly protecting confidential or proprietary information.

ThinkCivics protects the identity of those who choose to write under a pen name. Only one writer is allowed to use a particular pen name and that individual is fully accountable for the content produced under that name.

Corrections Policy

ThinkCivics provides wide-ranging coverage of the relevant news of the day, and while our editorial staff endeavors to provide our readers with accurate and clearly expressed reporting, errors inevitably occur. When we do make mistakes, we address them honestly and transparently in a manner that is appropriate for the type and degree of error.

Corrections, Clarifications, Updates, & Retractions

For objectively false information, we provide corrections in clear notations in the text of the article, and in headlines when appropriate, and amend the article to provide readers accurate information. If we find it necessary to clarify phrasing significant to the story, we will note the clarification and specify what has been clarified. We also note significant updates to stories in clear notations in the text of the article, and in headlines when appropriate. In the rare case that a story poses ethical problems or contains errors significant enough that the story merits removal, we will provide an editor’s note explaining the decision to retract the piece.

In the case that an opinion piece published by ThinkCivics is found to contain an objectively false claim, we provide notations with clarifying information and give authors a chance to offer corrections or clarifications.

Social Media: We additionally address significant corrections, clarifications, updates and retractions on our social media platforms.

Sources & Attribution

As part of our commitment to truthful and transparent reporting, ThinkCivics seeks to give appropriate credit to all of our sources, including other news outlets and individuals. We follow standard journalistic practices on direct quotation and paraphrasing and do not permit any form of deliberate plagiarism of other sources. When we have drawn information or ideas from a source, we cite and/or link to the source. When we are given information from individuals or entities, we follow standard journalistic practices for attribution regarding on-the-record, off-the-record, and on-background information. We seek to establish with sources the nature of the information they are providing prior to interviews. We privilege named sources over unnamed sources. For those sources who will only speak on condition of anonymity, we protect their names and provide an accurate description of them without risking disclosing their identity. In all cases, we seek to confirm sources’ accounts to the highest degree possible before publication.

 

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