What is Kirkuk Now?
Kirkuk Now is an independent news site for all people in Kirkuk and for everyone who is interested in unbiased news and information about Kirkuk province.
Kirkuk Now reports in four different languages: Arabic, Kurdish, Turkman, and English in an attempt to make the site accessible for everyone in Kirkuk and for people outside of the area.
Kirkuk Now seeks to create an online conversation between the citizens of Kirkuk. Discussions can be held on the site or by different social media. Facebook will play a big role in this. The aim is to create a responsible debate by bringing Kirkuki’s with different backgrounds together and to better inform them about each other.
Kirkuk Now reports from inside Kirkuk and produces independent news, features, reportages, and relevant background information on people for people. It brings social stories that other media often ignore. It also provides service based information such as weather forecasts, petrol prices, and exchange rates.
Kirkuk Now provides political news from an unbiased point of view and will show all sites. It brings in-depth stories about the Kirkuki society.
Kirkuk Now works with a group of freelance reporters and photographers who were trained in responsible journalism by international and local trainers to make sure that the site will meet with international standards. For safety reasons, most reporters will report anonymously.
Kirkuk Now is a project of the Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan supported by international donors.
Ideas for the website or stories are more than welcome. The desk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 053 3182047 or 07711545366.
Code of ethics for Kirkuk Now
1. Journalists should be independent, fair, correct, and objective in reporting.
2. Journalists should be neutral and non-discriminatory towards political factions, ethnic and religious minorities when reporting about different opinions.
3. Journalists should not be reporting on issues that can lead to any kind of slander and libel.
4. Journalists should always depend on credible sources and evidence-based reporting, avoiding personal opinion of the journalists themselves.
5. Journalists should understand the secrecy of the journalistic profession, like the sources of news, and names of the sources.
6. Journalists should only publish the pictures that comply with the journalistic standards.
7. Journalists should avoid publishing news and reports that can lead to violence and disorder.
8. Journalists should respect the views and opinions of others.
9. Journalists must be mild towards victims, sick and freed people and not cause them any extra harm due to their sensitive state.
10. Journalists should avoid using any report, picture, or recording that has been taken in private time. It has no value for the public and may not be used without their consent.
11. In times of gathering information and publishing news, journalists must not hide their identity or use that of others.
12. Journalists should not sell news, stories or photo’s made for Kirkuk Now to other media outlets.