Fact checking and ethics

Fact-checking policy

Fact control is an extremely important part of Animal Stories’s editorial process.

Our editorial process includes several fact-checking steps before publishing.

We always try to reference or credit the original source.

When we’re reporting on an opinion, we always make it clear whose opinion we’re presenting.

If it’s one of our own journalist’s opinions we’re publishing, we make that clear.

We have our a quality editor to whom readers can mail in opinions or questions regarding our content.

Ethics policy

Animal Stories, has adopted the Society of professional journalists code of ethics for its staff and those whom we engage in the production and delivery of content.

Members of the society of professional journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The Journalist has to further those ends by seeking truth and providing fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious Journalists from all media and specialties strive to Serve the public with thoroughness And honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s Credibility. Members of the society share a dedication to ethical behavior And adopt this code to declare the society’s Principles and Standards of practice.

Seek truth and Report it

Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalist should:

Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegation of wrongdoing.
Identify sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.

Always question sources’ Motives before Promising anonymity. Clarify conditions attached to any promise Made In exchange for information.

Keep promises.
Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video,

audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.

Never distort the content of news photos or video, image enhancement for technical clarity is always permissible. label montages and photo illustrations.
Avoid misleading re-enactments or staged News events. If re-enactment is Necessary to tell a story, level it.

Avoid Undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information except when traditional open methods will not yield information Vital to the public, use of such methods should be explained as part of the story.

Never plagiarize.

Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly even when it is unpopular to do so.
Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those value on others.
Avoid Stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, Disability, physical appearance or social status.
Support the open exchange of view, even views they find repugnant.
Give voice to the voiceless, official and unofficial sources of information can be equally valid.
Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. analysis and commentary should be labelled and not misrepresent fact or context.
Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.
Recognize a special obligation to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that government records are open to inspection.

Minimize Harm
Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues ag human beings deserving of respect. journalists should:
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.
Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. The pursuit of the news is not a license arrogance.
Recognize 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 and 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.
Act Independently.
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know. Journalist should:
Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
Remain free of associations and activities that may Compromise Integrity or damage credibility.
Refuse gifts, favours, fees, free Travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
Be vigilant and Courageous about holding those with power accountable.
Deny favoured treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist there pressure to influence news coverage.
Be wary of sources offering information for favours or money, avoid bidding for news.
Be Accountable.

Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
Journalist Should:
Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
Encourage the public to voice grievance against the news media.
Admit mistakes and correct the promptly.
Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

Corrections policy

Animal Stories Contributors always do our best to ensure that information and facts cited are accurate. However, Mistakes do occur, Especially concerning the work that we do. We will correct any inaccuracies brought to our attention at the earliest opportunity and with due prominence.

If facts are stated incorrectly or if the information is incorrectly identified or presented, we welcome and encourage you to bring errors to our attention. Our Policy is to acknowledge the mistake on time, when it is brought to our attention And to state the facts correctly.

We respect free speech and we respect all viewpoints, except hate, racism or discrimination. We will always distinguish clearly between statements of fact, conjecture or opinion.

The Animal Stories will take all reasonable steps to identify and credit the originator of any third party content to help ensure that copyrights are respected. Any failure to credit the originator will be corrected due prominence at the earliest opportunity when issues are brought to our attention.

We seek to work and engage constructively with those who feel that we have either misrepresented or Made blatant errors about them. In doing so we would be prepared to work with you as to what would be the best solution to the problem. This could range from deleting the content from our site and assorted social media platforms or publishing a full Retraction/ apology on our news site and accompanying Social media channels. We will not shy always from addressing errors.

We are also open to questions about the decision making and conduct of those who are employed directly by Animal Stories and set high standards for those involved in the organization. If you feel that we have made a blatant error or inaccuracy then please respond to us on info@snagbuzz.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

Ownership & Funding

The Animal Stories is a part of Lumexen324 AB, organization number 357834-1806.

Address: 3777 Church Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219

We are a news site whose ad revenue comes from Facebook and Google Ads.

Editorial Team Info

Publisher: Edith A. Lopez

Chief Editor: Pricilla T. Robinson

Quality Editor: Shane S. Pierce

Editors: Hugh M. Fox, Christine G. Trumbo