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Editorial Policy

At HR Forum Media, our primary objective is to have an editorial that sets unequalled standards for our journalists to follow as they provide the best news and information possible in the service of our readers and the general public.

We are a privately held company with a newsroom dedicated to providing a fair depiction of Africa in the media while maintaining our independence from funding or influence from the government.

Here are our editorial policies and ethics as we work towards journalism that is performed ethically. Please be aware that we often revise our policies in order to best serve our readers.

Ethics Policy

1. Being Factual

Although we cannot always ensure that our audience will get the absolute truth, we always place a high priority on providing truthful information. This is thus our guiding philosophy.

Every link should, in our opinion, be chosen editorially, and the public should always get reliable information. We think that every narrative has several perspectives or iterations, and that reporting should reflect that.

2. Being Independent

Our independence is extremely crucial to us since we are a private media company. We strive to speak with an independent voice while also abstaining from acting publicly or informally on favour of particular interests, whether they be political, business, or cultural.

3. Reporting Impartiality & Fairly

Our approach acknowledges the existence of several sides to every story. It may not be necessary to provide every viewpoint in every story we publish. We do, however, feel that every time we tell a story, it must be balanced. As a consequence, we work hard to always deliver articles in an unbiased and objective manner in order to earn readers' respect and confidence.

4. Humanity

We never intend to hurt anybody. While some readers may find our writings offensive on occasion, we never want to hurt anybody. To avoid hurting our readers, we teach our journalists to be careful with their choice of language and supporting visuals.

5. Accountability

We hold ourselves to the greatest level possible for journalists, and we are always willing to take responsibility. Although we may make mistakes, you can be confident that we will always fix them. We must be honest in our statements of remorse when we apologise and refrain from being in any way cynical.

6. Transparency

We should be honest and tell our audience whether we are associated with any political party since we have nothing to hide. We should also disclose any financial arrangements or other personal information that could create a conflict of interest.

7. Freedom of Expression

We'll always be willing to give our audience a voice on our platform (comments, opinions, polls, rejoinders, etc.). When an inaccuracy is of major consequence or when it is reasonably required, we think we should provide people and organisations with a fair and timely chance to respond. We should constantly provide solutions to unjust problems.

8. We say NO to Plagiarism

We reject plagiarism because we think that other people's work ought to be recognised and credited. Our journalists should not engage in practises like copying, pasting, and using images, graphics, and videos without providing credit.

9. We eschew sensational headlines and news

We are a development-oriented news portal, publishing only news stories of importance (news relating to the development concerns of Ghana, Africa and the World i.e stories that impact the general livelihood of the citizenry). Sensational news stories or sensationalism (News stories designed to mislead, create controversy and to gain audience attention at the expense of accuracy and professionalism) have no place on our web space.

10. Comments, Facts and Propaganda

Our journalists should constantly stand up for our convictions. By making divisive remarks or manipulating the truth, we will not serve as propagandists. It is forbidden to offer speculation as truth.

Technical Policy

News headings or titles must have at least 30 characters and at most 60 characters. This is to prevent news headings or titles from being truncated so as the full length of the titles appear in search results or any other platforms the stories shall appear on. News titles or headings should accurately reflect content of news stories and not a figment of one’s imagination.

Diversity Policy

The guiding philosophy for our journalists is that stories should reflect the different beliefs, perspectives, and daily lives of the people who make up our communities. Stereotyping—against people based on their colour, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, location, or sexual orientation—must be eliminated. Gender identity issues, disability issues, physical appearance issues, and social status issues are all covered.

Bylines Policy

Journalists and reporters for HR Forum Media are allowed to put their names to the bylines of stories as writers. The business will sometimes only permit the use of the website name in order to defend journalists against legal challenges. To provide journalists the freedom to work and express themselves freely, Bylines are often used to identify authors and partner websites.

Actionable Feedback Policy

We've made it a priority to respond to user comments right away. You may contact us at hrforumonline@gmail.com with any questions, comments, complaints, compliments, or recommendations, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Corrections Policy

We understand that errors do occur sometimes. Because of this, we are always prepared to fix any errors in any of our articles and to acknowledge them when they occur.

Any changes to a narrative, title, or image should be italicised and marked at the top of the piece. To offer our reputation a huge boost, we are determined to keep this standard procedure.

Our journalists will put "UPDATED" before the headline of an article if it has been significantly updated.

Unnamed Sources Policy

Regardless of whether they are revealed or not, we must cite all of our sources. To boost their trustworthiness, we think they should be expressed explicitly in articles. Additionally, captions and citations for any images included in articles should be cited.

Verification/ Fact Checking Policy

Our editors and journalists are tasked with ensuring the accuracy of the material that is generated by doing fact checking. Journalists and editors should draw attention to at least three trustworthy sources throughout the process.

While we encourage our authors to create material from their perspective, we also push them to cite reliable sources in order to bolster the veracity of their assertion.

Verified accounts and those of well-known people and organisations are the best choices for sources when journalists choose to utilise social media. We acknowledge that accounts may be hacked, thus information obtained through social media accounts should be carefully examined and given careful thought before being used.

Sponsored Content

Every publication that includes sponsored advertisements as editorial material must carry the word "SPONSORED" before the headline. The sole exception to this rule is when a press release is published. Our journalists are permitted to publish editorial information, only after receiving permission from the editor.