The fight against misinformation and fake news: The Ghanaian Standard’s commitment to credible journalism

In today’s digital world, it can be challenging to distinguish credible journalism from misinformation and fake news. However, The Ghanaian Standard is recognized globally as a trusted source of news for its audiences in Ghana and around the world. Our website, GhStandard.com, strives to provide journalism that is accurate, impartial, independent, and fair.

Impartiality at the heart of trust

At The Ghanaian Standard, we take our commitment to impartiality seriously. Our editorial values state, “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.” This commitment is reflected in all our output, where we strive to treat every subject with the impartiality that reflects a full range of views and to consider all relevant facts fairly and with an open mind.

Inspired by the BBC

We take inspiration from the BBC, which research shows is the most trusted and impartial news provider in the UK compared to other broadcasters, newspapers, and online sites. As a result, The Ghanaian Standard is making even greater efforts to help our audiences understand the type of information they are reading or watching on our website, who and where the information is coming from, and how a story was crafted. By doing so, we aim to help our audiences judge for themselves why GhStandard.com can be trusted.

Machine-readable indicators of trustworthy journalism

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 to better identify reliable sources of information.

Corrections policy

At The Ghanaian Standard, we are committed to achieving due accuracy in all our journalism. Our output must be well-sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested, and presented in clear, precise language. We are open to acknowledging mistakes when they are made and encourage a culture of learning from them. If an article has been edited to correct a material inaccuracy, a note will be added to signal the change to the reader, along with the date of the amendment or correction. If a small error that does not alter the editorial meaning of the story occurs, such as a name misspelling, the correction will be made without an additional note.

Permanent accessible archive

We believe that material published online should become part of a permanently accessible archive and will not normally be removed unless exceptional circumstances such as legal reasons, personal safety risks, or a serious breach of editorial standards dictate otherwise.

Bylines and biographical information

GhStandard articles that are based on original reporting carry bylines, as do those authored by journalists with a subject specialization. General news stories, which often combine information from various sources and may have been produced by several staff members over the course of the day, do not typically carry bylines. Bylines for many correspondents and editors link to individual blog pages where biographical information, expertise, and social media details can be found.

Factual reporting and opinion

The Ghanaian Standard distinguishes between factual reporting and opinion. We use machine-readable labels in six categories: News, Analysis, Ask the Audience, Explainer, Opinion, and Review. Our output should be well-sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested, and presented in clear, precise language. We aim to be honest about what we do not know and avoid unfounded speculation. If we rely on a single source for a key aspect of our coverage, we will strive to credit