Code of Ethics

queerbeat believes that accurate, inclusive and public interest journalism can help build smart and empathetic societies.

queerbeat’s staff and its contributors are required to follow this Code of Ethics:

  1. Report facts, the origin of which is known to the journalist and the accuracy of which they have tested.
  2. Use original sources as much as possible in reporting. Verify information from multiple sources. Avoid single-source based stories.
  3. Do not print or broadcast information or stories without relevant context.
  4. Acknowledge and correct errors in the published story as soon as possible. Publish a correction note at the end of the story.
  5. Never plagiarise.
  6. Always attribute information or facts to sources.
  7. Identify sources clearly to allow readers to judge their reliability and motivations.
  8. Protect vulnerable sources by providing them the option of anonymity. Use heightened sensitivity while dealing with them. Explain them the potential consequences of publishing their stories or identifiable information.
  9. Take the consent of sources before reporting about them and publishing their names and other identifiable information.
  10. Avoid stereotyping persons or communities. Seek out diverse sources.
  11. Avoid real or perceived conflict of interest. Disclose such conflicts in cases where avoiding them is difficult.
  12. Deny any favours from sources which could compromise the integrity of the reporting and credibility of the story.
  13. Examine your own values and biases and whether they influence a story and, if so, endeavor to correct for this.
  14. Clearly distinguish journalistic content from advertising. Label sponsored content.
  15. Clearly distinguish between reporting, analysis, personal narratives and commentary.
  16. Do not obtain information by misrepresenting or hiding your identity.
  17. Do not provide or promise favours to sources to obtain information.