Editorial Policy

Last updated Jan. 29, 2024

Statement of Purpose

This document is the primary guiding document of The Terabyte Tribune. It defines the strict standards we hold ourselves to in order to cover technology news the way it deserves to be covered. This is a living document, written and enforced by The Editorial Board. As such, they may decide to revise it from time to time as they see fit.

Primary Coverage Standards

As The Terabyte Tribune is a responsible means of communication, it is essential that the staff adhere to the following standards. These standards are the basis for more specific sections of the policy, defined below.

Sourcing Standards

On The Record

When speaking to a reporter who has clearly identified themselves as such, information is assumed to be provided on the record unless there is a prior agreement with the reporter. Information provided on the record may be directly quoted and attributed to the source by name. 

Speaking to a reporter on conditions other than on the record requires an affirmative agreement with the journalist. Simply prefacing a statement or email with "on background," "on deep background" or "off the record" does not constitute such an agreement.

On Background

Information provided on background may be quoted or published, but not attached to the source's name. A vague identifier, such as "A Microsoft developer," "a spokesperson for Apple" or "a source familiar with the matter" may be used instead, alongside an explanation for why we granted anonymity,

On Deep Background

Information provided on deep background may not be quoted directly, and the source  may not be identified in any way, but it may be paraphrased for publication or repeated to other sources. 

Off The Record

Information provided off the record may not be published in any way, nor repeated to other sources, unless it can be sourced elsewhere.

Professional Conduct

Terabyte Tribune journalists must adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics, which defines standards for professional conduct, integrity and accuracy.

Conflicts of Interest

Terabyte Tribune journalists must recuse themselves from any coverage to which they or a close family member have a personal or financial relationship which could reasonably constitute a conflict of interest.

Advertising

The Terabyte Tribune Advertising Policy, found at https://company.terabytetribune.com/policy-center/advertising-policy, is incorporated herein by reference and shall apply mutatis mutandis.

Libel

The Terabyte Tribune will not publish potentially libelous material, as defined below.

Libel is injury to reputation. Words, pictures, or cartoons that are provably false, unprivileged, and expose a person to public hatred, shame, disgrace, or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person, are libelous.

If an allegedly libeled party is a “public figure” or “public official” (a person who either seeks the public’s attention or is well known because of personal achievements), then it must be proven that the false statement was published with actual malice (i. e., that the journalists knew that the statement was false or published it with a reckless disregard for the truth — without attempting to verify the truthfulness of the statement). If an allegedly libelous statement concerns a private individual, it must be shown that the false statement was published willfully and negligently (i.e., the journalist who wrote that statement failed to exercise reasonably prudent care).

Generative Artificial Intelligence

While AI has the potential to become a helpful tool for professionals in all industries, in its current state, generative AI is antithetical to journalistic integrity. In too many cases, AI has proven to confidently generate false or potentially libelous information, making it a liability both legally and ethically.

The Terabyte Tribune does not publish content created, written or edited, in whole or in part, by generative artificial intelligence models, except in cases where the AI-generated voice or character is the main purpose of the story. In such stories, it should be clearly communicated to the reader, through quotes and attributions as required by Associated Press Style guidelines, what content within the story is AI-generated.

The use of AI image generators is permissible for abstract illustrations, so long as the image is clearly attributed and does not depict real-life people or events. 

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