Original News Item: An original news item is a T4-News item where a large proportion of / or the main elements are exclusive and original and include the following criteria:
1/ The news has been published by at least two T4-News verified news sources*. We have included links indicating which sources were used for which information underneath the text and also referenced directly with a unique URL in the story itself.
2/ We will have contacted all of the relevant people involved in the story and obtained comment and a statement on what is being claimed.
3/ We have used native speakers to check video or audio statements to confirm print reports.
4/ We will have done checks including a reverse image search on all key picture elements and video elements to make sure they are credible where relevant.
5/ This story has gone through 10 different stages of checking by our independent editorial team.
6/ This story is published free of any advertising or sponsorship or grants that in anyway affect the independent editorial direction, although we may accept general sponsorship or grants when they are simple to support independent journalism and do not make any requirements on how coverages is carried out.
* In many of the stories that we send to clients, we may reference other news organisations. Our system automatically logs which news organisations we have previously used for stories and which are new, and when new we add them to a list of T4 verified news sources. News organisations that are new are independently verified and are given a grading. When we find fake news items or incorrect reporting, it influences the grading, which is modified accordingly by our independent editorial team.