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As a member of the聽, a global consortium of news companies committed to transparency standards that help audiences聽more easily assess the quality and credibility of digital journalism, the Star is committed to helping its audiences on all platforms more easily distinguish news from opinion, and news and editorial information from advertising and other forms of paid content.

This glossary provides definitions for the various types of news and opinion content and, following that, for the various forms of paid content published online and in the newspaper.


Drawing a clear line between news and opinion has long been one of the B次元官网网址 Star's core values. Broadly defined, news is based on the impartial reporting of facts while opinion is based on personal interpretation and the judgement of facts.


News content is verified information based on the impartial reporting of facts, either observed by the reporter or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources. News聽 reports do not include the opinion of the author.


Analysis:聽A critical or contextual examination of an important and topical issue based on factual reporting. It provides an explanation of the impact or meaning of news events and draws on the authority and expertise of the writer. Analysis articles do not contain the author鈥檚 opinions.

Investigation:聽In-depth reporting in the public interest that reveals wrongdoing and/or systemic problems that holds those in power accountable and promotes positive change.

贰虫辫濒补颈苍别谤:听Journalism that provides readers with the background knowledge they need to help them understand the how and why of events or issues.

Fact Check: A form of accountability journalism where reporters test the veracity of statements and/or assertions using a variety of credible, authoritative sources to root out disinformation.


Opinion articles are based on personal interpretation and judgment of facts. Opinion journalists have wide latitude to express their own views, subject to standards of taste and laws of libel including views directly contrary to the editorial views of the Star.


Editorial:聽An article that presents a point of view reflecting the news organization's position on an issue of public interest. Editorials are not meant to be a neutral presentation of the facts. They are written by journalists who are expressing the view of the news organization. As an editorial serves to present the company鈥檚 voice, there is no individual byline.

Opinion:聽Articles based on the author鈥檚 interpretations and judgments of facts, data and events. Opinion articles include columns written by staff and commentary from non-staff contributors. Opinion journalists have wide latitude to express their own views including views directly contrary to the news organization's editorial views, as long as they fall within the boundaries of taste and laws of libel. 聽

础诲惫颈肠别:听An advice article reflects the opinion of the author who provides guidance or direction on a topic based on their expertise as well as their personal interpretations and judgments of facts.

叠濒辞驳:听An online journal updated regularly by a journalist or editorial department that supplements news coverage. Blogs are usually informal or conversational in style and may reflect a writer鈥檚 opinions, subject to the rights and responsibilities of fair comment.

First Person:聽Narratives exploring an author鈥檚 insights, observations or thoughts based on that individual鈥檚 personal experience and opinions.

Readers鈥 letters:聽础听selection of letters聽written to the Star by readers expressing a point of view, usually concerning a recently published article or current event.

搁别惫颈别飞:听A critical assessment of the merits of a subject, such as art, film, music, television, food and literature. Reviews are based on the writer鈥檚 informed/expert opinion.


The Star is committed to the principle that our audiences should not be confused about the distinction between our journalism 鈥 governed by our聽journalistic guidelines聽鈥 and our advertising and other content driven by commercial interests. All commercial content is clearly labelled with one of the following:

厂耻辫辫辞谤迟别诲:听Produced with financial support from an organization or individual, yet not approved by the underwriter before publication. Articles are held to strict journalistic standards but are funded by entities interested in being associated with or expanding attention to a particular topic.

厂辫辞苍蝉辞谤别诲:听Produced on behalf of an organization or individual that has paid the news provider for production and/or approved publication. It does not meet the standards of impartial or independent journalism because a sponsor has been involved in production or review before publication.

Advertisement:聽Supplied by an organization or individual that has paid the news provider for its placement. As a result, while it may be written in the style of the publication, it is not impartial journalism.

Partner Content:聽Produced in partnership with an organization or individual that has been involved in either the production or review of content before publication. Therefore, the content may not meet the standards of impartial or independent journalism.


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