Civil identified four credibility indicators to help readers better assess information as it’s reported . Writers will select the indicators that apply to their piece, and then their editors verify the selections. These Credibility Indicators are listed in a module next to the relevant articles and include:
The article contains new information that was gathered firsthand by the reporter, as opposed to aggregating information / insights from an already published report. This includes directly interviewing sources and research / analysis of primary source documents.
The Newsmaker has been verified as having a specialized knowledge of the subject covered in this article.
On the Ground Reporting
The Newsmaker behind the article was physically present to report an article with this tag from the location(s) it concerns.
The article cites other, verifiable sources, all of which have been thoroughly fact-checked and deemed credible by Civil’s Ethics Guidelines. These guidelines are overseen by a Journalism Advisory Board comprised of third-party, veteran journalists.