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Read more about the Newsvoice organization, our internship program, and our podcast on our about site. Below you'll find the rules for submitting content to Newsvoice and our privacy and cookie policies.

Commenting rules

Newsvoice will always aim at the greatest possible degree of transparency and openness. Compared to other news sites we are more tolerant of the expression of opinions, even wild ones.

Free speech is not a right to be given up, therefore we never delete comments (other than when we are required to by law).

Instead we hide those comments that break the rules, and still make them accessible from our website. Due to the rules of App Store and Google Play we cannot make them accessible in the app.

Please help us keep the comment section decent and inclusive by keeping in mind the following:

  • Be civil. It costs nothing and creates a more open environment for debate. No matter what your political beliefs may be you can make your point without using extreme insults. Shouting someone down never won a argument – it just made the quieter voices move elsewhere. The same applies also to usernames.
  • Stay on topic. Please try to keep your comments on the general topic of the news story that you are commenting on.
  • Listen to opposing viewpoints. This is something we value highly at Newsvoice. It means going outside of your filter bubble. If you just want to read people agreeing with you, you are in the wrong forum.
  • How to report comments. If you do find a comment to be breaking our rules, report it and a moderator will take a look. We will never ban or otherwise restrict opinions – we are simply requesting that you express them civilly.
  • Hiding comments. If other users report a comment and we feel they have a case, that comment will be hidden from the app (we need to do this to follow the app stores rules) but it can still be viewed on our website if the user chooses to do so. If you have had a comment hidden by moderators and you disagree with that, find the comment on the website and report it to an admin so it can be reviewed.

The good

We like comments that are:

  • Grounded in facts. By all means use sources to back up your views. A link to legitimate sources is a huge plus and will mean your comment will be featured.
  • Relevant to the story
  • Funny
  • Thought-provoking
  • Respectful of others even when disagreeing

The bad

These type of comments will be hidden:

  • Abuse/Cursing. Avoid unnecessary or strong cursing, it is usually not needed and just puts people off. We do not tolerate insults against other users, for example:
    • “Party A is a bunch of bloody idiots” is ok.
    • “You’re a f*ing moron” is not.
  • Off Topic. The comment section is there to provide a space for the community to add to the story and share points of views, not to rant about totally unrelated matters.
  • Racist speech and Racial/Ethnic slur. Negative racial generalisations are not ok, for example:
    • “All s are terrorists”
    • N-word and similar
  • Violent imagery. “All **s should be strung up” etc. Which may not quite be incitement to violence, but is being unnecessarily offensive. See Civility.
  • Sexually explicit material. Comments that use sexually explicit language or link to pornographic material

The ugly

Because of legal requirements, we have a strict policy of zero tolerance toward the following types of comments and they will be permanently deleted. Breaking these rules might result in the total ban of the user from the platform. - Incitement of violence - Links to child pornography - Cyberbullying, doxxing and harassment - Spam and bots

Failure to adhere to the commenting rules may result in a warning or a block for the user account.

Summary guidelines

These guidelines for writing summaries have to be followed strictly by all volunteers and moderators. When rejecting a submission, a moderator includes a comment with the reason for the rejection and which guideline was not followed.

We always try to improve how we work together at Newsvoice, you can propose changes to the guidelines here.

  1. Highlight essentials and check facts. Scan the articles you are summarizing carefully. Highlight the points you think are essential for the readers. Make sure that the facts are correct.
  2. Summary should be longer than title. The summary has to provide more information and be substantially longer than the headline.
  3. Use correct spelling and grammar. Make sure that the spelling and grammar is correct.
  4. Avoid bias. Keep your summary short, sharp and unbiased. Your summary should emphasize objectivity. Try to think of the "4 Ws": who, what, when and where.
  5. Use simple language. Use language that is understandable for the whole community. Keep it simple, spell out acronyms and avoid or - if not possible - explain jargon. Newsvoice aims to be accessible to everyone. Some acronyms might be allowed if they are widely known (eg. WHO, UN).
  6. Refer to original study. When summarizing an article based on a study, always refer to the original study.
  7. Don't include opinion. Don't include your own opinion or analysis of the original article.
  8. Avoid quotations. Avoid using direct quotations if unnecessary.
  9. Avoid repetitions. Avoid repetitions in the summary.
  10. Do not copy-paste. Rephrase instead of copy-pasting. If you have difficulties using your own words, try to write short phrases instead of long, complex sentences.
  11. Avoid question and exclamation marks. Avoid question or exclamation marks unless absolutely necessary, for example if they are part of a quote.
  12. Be gentle with punctuation. Be gentle with punctuation marks. For example, don't use a semicolon (also known as ";") if you can say the same thing using a comma, dash, period or - even better - nothing at all.
  13. Don't capitalize every word. Only use capital letters in the title to start off a sentence or when writing names.
  14. Avoid describing type of media. Avoid describing the type of media in the title. For instance, do not refer to live coverage or videos.
  15. Keep impersonal. Keep your summary impersonal. Don't write in first or second person.
  16. Summary already exists. There is already an existing summary and the proposed summary isn't significantly better.

Rules for news sources

We want to keep an open discussion around news and exclude as few sources and perspectives as possible. However, we will not accept links to articles or pages in the following categories:

  • Not news. Sources that are not news sites. For instance, we will not link to Wikipedia or blogs.
  • Paywalled. Sources that are behind a paywall, or cannot be accessed by anyone who follows the link.
  • Unavailable worldwide. Sources that are not available worldwide or blocked in certain regions.
  • Opinion based articles. Articles that are just an analysis or based solely on something a person says.
  • Off topic or old. Sources that are off topic or not directly related to the main story, or sources that are older than a couple of days.
  • Fake news. Sources that entirely fabricate information, disseminate deceptive content, or grossly distort actual news reports.
  • Satire. Sources that use humor, irony, exaggeration, ridicule, and false information to comment on current events.
  • Junk science. Sources that promote pseudoscience, metaphysics, naturalistic fallacies, and other scientifically dubious claims.
  • Hate News. Sources that actively promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
  • Clickbait. Sources that provide generally credible content, but use exaggerated, misleading, or questionable headlines, social media descriptions, and/or images.

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