Editorial Policy of Republic Asia
Republic Asia values the trust of our audience. This is why we strive to adhere to the highest standards of journalism – fairness, accuracy and independence.
We believe that good journalism does not need to be the first in telling a story. It has to be told well and easily understood by our audience. Story-telling can be informative, educational, inspiring or entertaining. But if we are the first to break a story and commit a mistake, we will immediately correct it and we will always be transparent.
Here are the guidelines that we require our editorial team to follow:
- State clearly that the reporter is from Republic Asia, and the specific topic the reporter is doing
- Always maintain professionalism with all sources
- Always ask the source if a potential controversial statement or story is off-the-record
- Always strive to get the side of a person, a company or a community being accused of something, or being portrayed negatively
- Never falsify any part of the news
- Never plagiarize
- A news story tipped by an anonymous source should be confirmed by another source, preferably from a disinterested party. Only the editor in chief may allow exception to this two-source rule if the trusted source has direct knowledge of the situation.
- Do not manipulate still images or video footage that could change the meaning or mislead the audience
- Do not publish graphic images and details or obscene language without any reason, or simply just to titillate or to shock the audience. If the story requires it, the editor in chief should approve its publication.
- If a journalist has a conflict of interest (whether real or perceived) on the story he/she is doing, he/ she should disclose this to the editor in chief. Either the journalist will be asked to drop the story and assigned to another journalist, or if totally not possible, an editor’s note should be placed of a story
- The editorial department pays our own way. However, if a journalist’s trip was sponsored by a company, government agency or other entities, it should be stated at the end of the story.
- As a general rule, journalists should not pay sources in exchange for a story. However, if a case study requests payment for the time and effort required of him/her during an interview or a re-enactment, the editorial board will decide the merits of the request.
- Intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademark shall be duly respected at all times. Upon receipt of a report from a rights holder or an authorized representative, we will remove or restrict content that engages in copyright infringement and/or trademark infringement.
Potential Business Conflict:
- If a story involves an investor, board member or business partner, disclose the relationship in the story or on the bottom of the story.
- Clearly differentiate sponsored articles from all of our news products so as not to cause confusion to our audience.
- A journalist reviewing a product (such as a car or a piece of new technology) may accept temporary use of that product to write a full review. The manufacturer knows the review of the product will not be affected by the loan. The product will only be used for the review for a stated period of time.