Frontier India is committed to the highest ethical standards prevalent in the worldwide news community. We strive to be fair and accurate. Public trust is one of the main pillars that drive our journalistic standards.
We are collectively responsible for the ethical standards and if in doubt, the organizational hierarchy is open for discussions on this matter. Our personal actions should not damage our credibility.
If an ethical violation is noticed, one must immediately approach the organizational hierarchy.
Unidentified sources should be the last resort if the information cannot be obtained by other ethical methods. The anonymity must be explained in the article.
Personal attacks are strictly not allowed and a chance for rebuttal should be given even post publication.
Quotation and attribution should be in the exact words. Permission from the source must be obtained in the case of minor grammar, spelling corrections and translations.
In the case of sponsorship by any individual or organization, it should be disclosed.
Company employees cannot avail gifts and free services. If refusal becomes awkward, the management should be notified of the nature of the gift or service. Samples received for reviews are treated as news releases and it cannot be sold for personal profit.
Social media posts should be responsible and it should be distinctively different from the respective beat. For example, a reporter covering military can review movies or restaurant in his personal capacity and it should not reflect as the organizational opinion.
In the case of conflict of interest while covering a beat, the management should be notified.
Freelancing is allowed provided, it is done outside the office work time and the company resources should not be used. The company reserves the right to publish the article first. In case, the same article or modified article is published in other media, credit to Frontier India is a must.
Reporters, authors and guest authors are required to be precise with their words. Proverbially, a pen is mightier than a sword and a pen draws a picture with words and images, so it must be wielded responsibly. Content generators must act responsibly. Their responsibility includes verification of the information they gather. Not just names and positions, a content generator should include factual statement and accounts. Content Generators conduct their own fact checking using their own judgment guided by the ethics policy. Frontier India will use fact checkers in circumstances it deems warranted.