GroundReport maintains a high standard in citizen journalism, so we're specific about what belongs on our website. Bottom line: reporting must be your own original work, and it must be true. Reporting can't be copyright-infringing, related to selling a product or service, promoting paid web site traffic, paid public relations, pornographic, hateful or against a particular religion, race, or ethnicity.
Your work should be...
Original: written, shot or created completely by you.
Noncommercial: you aren't trying to sell anything, make people click or collect email addresses, paid to promote a person, business, political party, candidate or idea.
News: concerning world events and developments.
True: must be completely accurate and unadulterated.
Suggested stories: personal, local and firsthand accounts of events you witnessed yourself. Issues that matter to a specific, defined region or community.
Unoriginal work. Shortcut: if you didn't make it, don't post it. Don't copy from a blog or forum. More examples below...
Articles from other news sites. Articles, images or videos that are not your original work will be deleted immediately.
"Purchased" articles. There are websites that sell the rights to articles for reprint--GroundReport will not publish these articles. Again, all your posts must be original work-- even if you own the rights.
Pornography, hate and obscenity. Anything sexual or hateful in nature or using gratuitously using strong language and expletives will be removed.
Commercial articles, advertisements, pubic relations and press releases. Anything linking to an affiliate or trying to sell something or promote an agenda is strictly forbidden.
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