Cbgist.com is recognized by audiences in Ghana and around the world as a provider of news that you can trust. Our website strives for journalism that is accurate, impartial, independent, and fair.
Our editorial values say: “The trust that our audience has in all our content underpins everything that we do. We are independent, impartial, and honest. We are committed to achieving the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality and strive to avoid knowingly or materially misleading our audiences.
“Our commitment to impartiality is at the heart of that relationship of trust. In all our output we will treat every subject with the impartiality that reflects the full range of views. We will consider all the relevant facts fairly and with an open mind.”
Research shows that, compared to other broadcasters, newspapers, and online sites, cbgist.com is seen as by far the most trusted and impartial news provider in Ghana.
Even so, we know that identifying credible journalism on the internet can be a confusing experience. We also know that audiences want to understand more about how Cbgist journalism is produced.
For these reasons, Cbgist is making even greater efforts to explain what type of information you are reading or watching on our website, who and where the information is coming from, and how a story was crafted the way it was. By doing so, we can help you judge for yourself why cbgist.com can be trusted.
We are also making these indicators of trustworthy journalism “machine-readable”, meaning that they can be picked up by search engines and social media platforms, helping them to better identify reliable sources of information too.
These indicators comprise the following areas:
- Newsroom best practice
- Type of Work
- Journalist Expertise
- Citations and References
Cbgist.com has long had its own Editorial Guidelines that apply to all of our content and set out the standards expected of our journalists. To make it easier to see how cbgist guidelines are used in our newsroom, we have listed all the relevant sections on this page.
Mission Statement: The mission of cbgist.com is to act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality, and distinctive output and services that inform, educate and entertain.
Ownership Structure and Grants: We are independent of outside interests and arrangements that could undermine our editorial integrity. Our audiences should be confident that our decisions are not influenced by outside interests, political or commercial pressures, or any personal interests.
- Editorial Guidelines on Impartiality
- Editorial Guidelines on Editorial Standards
- Editorial Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest
- Guidelines for BBC Commercial Services
Ethics Policy: The cbgist’s Editorial Guidelines outline the editorial values and practices that all our output is expected to conform to.
Diversity Policy: Learn about Cbgist’s commitment to diversity in the cbgist Editorial guideline.
Read Editorial Guidelines Section on Impartiality and Diversity of Opinion here.
Diversity Staffing Report: Find out about how Cbgist is working to increase diversity in the Cbgist’s Equality Information Report.
Our output must be well-sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested, and presented in clear, precise language. We should be honest and open about what we don’t know and avoid unfounded speculation. Claims, allegations, material facts, and other content that cannot be corroborated should normally be attributed.
We are open to acknowledging mistakes when they are made and encourage a culture of willingness to learn from them.
If an article has been edited since publication to correct a material inaccuracy, a note will be added at the end of the text to signal to the reader there has been an amendment or correction with the date of that change. If there is a small error in a story that does not alter its editorial meaning (eg name misspelling), the correction will be made without an additional note.
Unless the content is specifically made available only for a limited time period, there is a presumption that material published online will become part of a permanently accessible archive and will not normally be removed. Exceptional circumstances may include legal reasons, personal safety risks, or a serious breach of editorial standards that cannot be rectified except by the removal of the material.
Verification/Fact-checking Standards: The Cbgist’s accuracy and verification policy is outlined in the Editorial Guidelines on Accuracy.
Unnamed Sources: The Cbgist’s’s policy and guidance on the use of anonymous sources is detailed in the Editorial Guidelines.
Actionable Feedback: The Cbgist’s complaints procedure is outlined here.
Leadership: Meet the senior executive team that runs the news division: Cbgist News Board.
Cbgist.com articles based on original reporting carry bylines (the name of the journalist), as often do those authored by journalists who have a subject specialism.
General news stories, which tend to combine information from a variety of sources, including news agencies or which may have been produced by several members of staff over the course of the day, do not as a rule carry bylines.
Article bylines for many correspondents and editors link to individual blog pages, where biographical information, expertise, and social media details can be found.
Cbgist.com distinguishes between factual reporting and opinion. We use machine-readable labels in six categories:
News, Ghana Entertainment News, South Africa Entertainment News, Nigeria Entertainment News, Celebrity News, and Sports – Journalism based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources
History – Provide Historical facts about people and places.
Biography – Bios of celebs and public figures.
Lifestyle and facts – Lifestyle News and facts.
Others – Stories based on people’s opinions on social media platforms.
Where Cbgist News relies on a single source for a key aspect of its coverage, we will strive to credit that source, where possible. We usually link to official reports, sets of statistics, and other sources of information, to enable you to judge for yourself the underlying information that we are reporting on.
Whenever appropriate, we also offer links to relevant third-party websites that provide additional information, source material, or informed comment.
For in-depth pieces of work, such as complex investigations or data journalism projects, we will help you understand how we went about our work by showing the underlying data and by disclosing any caveats, assumptions, or other methodological frameworks used – for example, the study-design; the sample size; representativeness; margins of error; how the data was collected; geographical relevance and time periods.