Which news titles we partner with, and why
Welcome to part two in our five-part introductory series. Today we'll share how we decide which news sources to partner with.
First, it's important to note that inkl is a closed platform. This means that you only see news from vetted organisations that we invite in and choose to work with. This is a vital design consideration because it ensures that, unlike social media, inkl remains free of fake news and dodgy content written to manipulate you or make a quick buck at your expense.
In deciding whether to work with an organisation we start by looking at who their writers are. We see journalism as a serious profession, best practiced by professional journalists. In the same way that not everyone with a pencil is a bankable artist, not everyone with a keyboard is a qualified journalist.
Second, we look at the publisher's track record of self-correction. As the "first draft of history", news is often published with errors. This is why we only work with organisations that correct their errors, and set the record straight. Organisations that choose not to do so are ones that publish incorrect information intentionally, and there is no room for them on inkl.
Third, we look for organisations that produce original reporting. Unfortunately, it's all too easy on the internet to rip off another journalist's work and plagiarise them. We refuse to work with such organisations, for the very same reason why you don’t shop at stores that sell stolen goods.
Lastly, you will note that inkl does carry news from state-sponsored news organisations. This can be seen as a controversial stance, because such organisations may be forced to toe an editorial line that is dictated by the state’s interests. However, we see this as a necessary risk. Excluding every news organisation that is state-funded would leave an indefensible gap in our coverage. Excluding only some state-funded organisations would create bias. Hence, we opt to include state-funded news organisations among our partners, but we rely on our journalists to ensure that their bias doesn’t appear in key sections like Lead Stories. Furthermore, the Dive Deeper feature below every article shows alternate takes on a story, as a way to counter bias.