Editorial Policy

Jan Man India’s news and information has been shaped by the editorial guidelines and objectives outlined below.

Dealing with broad and specific issues of policy, professional, operational, administrative guidelines and journalistic conduct in the sourcing and compilation of news, features, documentaries as well as editorials and commentaries.

While placing obligations on the Group and every memberof the editorial staff, they require philosophical commitment of all editorial executives and staff.

>>POLICY GUIDELINES

The Jan Man India Portal believes that it has a vital rogle to play in the development of Gujarat along with India.

This belief is based on the acknowledged responsibilities and influential power of a free Press in a modern society. As a Foruth pillar of constitution, we believe in its integrity and pride.

As a social institution, the Press discharges crucial duties by carrying information, debates, analytical and critical comments on society. The Press is, therefore, particularly responsible for allowing different views to be expressed.

The Press protects the Freedom of Speech and of the media and it should not yield to any pressure from anybody or any institution that might want to prevent the free flow of accurate factual information.

It is the duty of the Press to publish information that should be in the public domain, on what goes on in society and to uncover and disclose matters that ought to be subjected to public debate, analysis, scrutiny or criticism in keeping with the univesally acknowledged principle that the media’s primary responsibility is to the people.

>> JMI (Jan Man India) Core values

1. JMI’s news and information portal must remain independent of vested interests or external influences. JMI committed to being comprehrnsive and accurate in content and their commentaries fair and considered. Their constant objective is to ascertain and verify the truth of what they publish insofar as this can be established.

2.Veracity and accuracy in reporting are an integral part of editorial policy and editors will only publish that which they believe to be true, fair and acurate. Every effort will be made to the factual accuracy of articles through, for instance, cross-checking of facts& figures.

3.All editorial content will be selected for its inherent news value and not to appease, augment or respond to political, commercial or any other interests. Also, all advertisements and advertising-related material will be signposted as suchf.

4.JMI Portal stand for racial, ethnic, religious and communal harmony and political/party tolerance. JMI aim to help audiences of all races, faiths and nations to see events in perspective, and to understand their interrelationships.

5.The Group supports the principles of democracy. JMI Also believes in good governance, transparency and accountability, regular, free anf fair elections as well as social equity. Jan Man India supports and promotes the protection and promotion of human rights and civil liberties.

6.As part of Corporate Social Responsibility, the Group supports and promotes the protection and conservation of the environment. JMI promotes and encourages environmental journalism, appropriate research and adoption of new technologies aimed at enhancing the quality of human life.

>>ROLE OF EDITORS

Editors shall not shy away from objective and generally constructive criticism of any group or person and offered in the interestsof the public at large.

1.JMI supports a free enterprise, market-driven approach to economic development, but its editors will encourage discussion and debate on alternative ideas.

2.A constant search is required for higher literary, fluency and grammatical standards among editorial staff, pre-eminently in the pursuit of legibility, comprehension, accuracy and balance.

3.The typographical layout of the Group’s news platforms, including the online platforms, must of necessity change from time to time.

4.JMI is committed to training and developing its editorial staff to internationally recognized best practice standards. Staff recruitment is, therefore, rigorous, the policy being to seek qualified journalists or trainees of proven quality with good educational and professional attainments, who will undergo structured training programmers, including, whenever possible, exposure overseas.

>>EDITORIAL OBJECTIVES

1.Our media platforms will avoid such “non-news” content as empty statements of a general nature, occasions or releases where publicity for individuals, groups or organizations is the sole dominant objective.

2.Our news portal must reflect a bias againstroutine assignments and political or charitable functions that are known to have little or no news value.

3.News stories which come from sources outside the Group will not be accepted at their face value. Background information, names, ages, titles, contrary points of view (if appropriate) will be thoroughly ascertained before a story is submitted for publication.

4.Specialized language and expressions (e.g. such as in medicine, economics, religion, court cases) must be accurately and carefully interpreted into Gujarati.

5.Normally, lists of names at official functions should be eliminated from the text of stories.

6.Stories must concentrate on events themselves, not on the names of officials associated with them. A magistrate’s name and title, for example, should not be published unless his/her actions, remarks or other involvement are pertinent to the case or the story.

7.Pedantic facts, whose publication is unnecessary, for example, car registration numbers in court and theft stories, lists of minor personal effects, funeral arrangements, etc, should be avoided.

8.Indirect speech will not be attributed, sentence-by-sentence, to the speaker. One attribution should cover several paragraphs, provided the correct tense is used.

9.Jan Man India editorials will base their conclusions on demonstrable and comprehensive research.

10.Women’s coverage should not be confined to domestic issues, but must concentrate on the many important women’s issues in India today. The contents in the women’s pages or programmes, where these exist, must be properly discussed and planned at editorial conferences and should be relevant, topical, professionally written and presented.

11.Coverage of news related to the youth should go beyond the apparent preoccupation with simple consumerism and all forms of instant gratification and should aim at focusing on the youth programmes.

12.Editors must make every effort to eschew material that is vulgar or tasteless.

13.Pictures/graphics, including cartoons that make our media platforms lifeless and dull will be automatically rejected unless they are of major significance.

14.Public relations material, both written and pictorial, must be used judiciously.

15.The sports sections will carry, regularly and without fail.

16.The standard of sports writing and presentation will not deviate from those required elsewhere in the JMI’s platforms.

17.Columnists (on staff or outside) should always be identified not just by name, but also by affiliation.

18.While recognizing the fact that as individuals, journalists would ordinarily have their own political views and/or political party affiliations or religious affiliations, journalists working for the Group are expected to subordinate their individual political or religious views and to remain apolitical and neutral on religious matters in the course of discharging their official duties so as not to allow their political or religious affiliations or views to influence their editorial judgment.

>> OPERATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE OBJECTIVES

1.JMI management will ensure that all journalists employed on the Gujarati, English and Hindi language platforms are able to write and speak clear, concise Gujarati, English and Hindi and are fully up to date with the modern usage of the language.

2.Recruitment will be based on aptitude tests and oral interviews, and as much as possible reflect the social, gender, religious, and other demographic diversities of the respective countries in which JMI operates.

3.Editorial conferences will be routinely held to review the planned content for online publication. The conferences will be held at appropriate times in the mornings and afternoons and will involve the assigning editors, chief subs and managing editors.

4.News collection and management are the powerhouse of the news portal. Its organization must be lively, flexible, enterprising and well informed. All reporters will be deployed on arrival not only to regular diary assignments (e.g. police, courts and hospital calls), but also to running and developing stories –sequels to earlier headlined events, building news features, and inquiring into leads and tips.

5.The news editor(s) will analyze the subject content of the particular publication and the competition, and record all forthcoming events and developments in the diary, specifically including all follow-up possibilities.

6.As news coverage is a round-the-clock affair, the news desk will have effective coverage up to midnight throughout the week. Reporters and sub-editors will be assigned to night duty and the publications and broadcasts will be sufficiently flexible to accommodate any late news breaks.

7.Whether or not they are at the office or on assignment, all journalists are obliged to be on the alert for news events or background information of interest particularly in their specialised fields.

>> ETHICAL PRINCIPLES: CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICS FOR JMI JOURNALISTS

The following code is intended as a guide for everyone working for the Jan Man India and is based on the premise that all journalists have a duty to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.

1.The fundamental objective of a journalist is to report fairly, accurately and without bias on matters of public interest.

2.Whenever it is recognized that an inaccurate, misleading or distorted report has been published, it should be corrected promptly. Corrections should report the correct information and not restate the error except when clarity demands.

3.Corrections do not normally require an apology and apologies should normally be made on the basis of legal advice.

4.Additionally, a person whose views have been criticised on a controversial issue of public importance shall be given a reasonable opportunity to reply should he/she so request.

5.Unnamed sources should not be used unless the pursuit of truth will best be served by not naming the source or in the event the source requests his/her anonymity to be respected.

6.In circumstances where complete confidentiality is assumed as a condition of obtaining the story, that situation needs to be respected and considered according to the existing legal framework.

7.Unless in the public interest, documents or photographs should be used only with the express consent of the owner.

8.With regards to pictures, the following should offer guidelines:a.Is it vulgar and indecent?b.Is it mere pornography’?

9.In the same vein, publication of photographs showing dead or mutilated bodies, bloody incidents and abhorrent scenes should be avoided unless the publication of such photographs will serve the larger public interest.

10.When money is paid for information, serious questions can be raised about the credibility of that information and the motives of the buyer and seller. Therefore, in principle, journalists should avoid paying for information.

11.Using someone else’s work without attribution -whether deliberately or thoughtlessly -is a serious ethical breach. However, borrowing ideas from elsewhere is considered fair journalistic practice.

>> Ethnic disputes/clashes/conflict interstate conflicts

News, views or comments relating to ethnic or religious disputes/clashes/interstate conflicts should be published after proper verification of facts. Content with the potential to exacerbate communal animosity or national conflict should be avoided.

Headlines not to be sensationally provocative, and must justify the matter printed below them.

>> Editor’s responsibility

The editor shall assume responsibility for all matter,including advertisements, published in the print media or broadcast on radio or television.

All advertorials and political advertisements shall be boldly branded as advertiser’s announcements.

They shall be vetted for:

  • Veracity of content.
  • Taste and fairness.
  • Truthfulness.
  • Potential to inflame public opinion.
  • Risk of defamation.
  • Potentially offensive illustrations/images

>> Political advertisements

1.In the past, candidates dominated most media advertisements as few prospective leaders could afford the costs. This is unlikely to change in the future.

2.No restrictions are proposed on the number of advertisements a party or candidate can afford to buy space on portal.

3.No political advertisement will be published or aired on the day of the election.

4.Uniformity of content across our media will be ensured through an election desk to be set up nearer the time of campaigns, the active participation of the multi-media editor and the rigorous application of the agreed rules and standards.