CCX News Corrections, Ethics & Fact-Checking Policies
CCX news provides local News for Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth & Robbinsdale.
Local News editorial mission
CCX Media covers the nine northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, which has a population greater than 343,000. We provide news and sports for our two cable channels seven days a week and post individual stories daily to our website and social media channels. Our stories are also emailed out to a group of local subscribers, at no cost to them.
We strive to serve our residents. Everything we do is hyperlocal and directly connects to the people living in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Osseo and Robbinsdale. If it happens in a city council or school board meeting, we cover it. If the crime or incident happens within our nine-city area, we cover it. If we see a trend in our area or find an interesting person, we tell their story. Likewise, our sports crews do not cover the professional teams, but instead focus on covering the high school and prep sports in our area.
We strive to be a resource. In an area that is receiving less coverage from local newspapers and only coverage from the big outlets when a big media event happens, CCX Media fills an important role. During the 2020 election, we offered information on all 123 local candidates running for city council, school board, and legislative seats. This information was a one-stop shop for residents to read about the candidates and the unbiased information was not behind a paywall.
We strive to maintain neutrality in stories and be a source of unbiased news. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided daily recaps of press conferences that were favorably received. One person emailed us, “Thank you for digging into the details and making it easy to understand what’s going on. In a world where news is becoming more biased, this is as straightforward as it gets.”
Forty years ago, the founders of Northwest Community Television came together with a purpose to tell the stories of the people in the northwest suburbs. We continue that important work as CCX Media by publishing stories to you seven days a week.
EDITORIAL REVIEW PROCESS
Our process for publishing content begins early in the day, with story pitches and ideas from our reporters. During the pandemic, pitches happen virtually. Ideas are approved by the executive producer and news director and then the reporter and photographer work to set up the story and secure video opportunities.
Our newsroom abides by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, which has four points. We aim to Seek Truth and Report It, Minimize Harm, Act Independently, and Be Accountable and Transparent.
During news gathering, generally reporters and photographers are paired together to work on a story. After collecting interviews and footage, the reporter writes a script on paper. This script is approved by the news director or executive producer and changes are sometimes made in the editing process by the photographer/editor. Sometimes this requires additional research or fact-checking for accuracy. Graphics go through two rounds of copyediting. They first go through the news director or executive producer and then the graphics producer for accuracy.
Once the video story is complete, it is uploaded to YouTube and the script is re-written for website publication by the reporter. Additional quotes, statistics and hyperlinks are also added. These scripts and weblinks are approved and posted by either the executive director or the news director. Our digital content producer monitors how the clips are disseminated and if there is anything that arises with a clip.
While we work on daily deadlines, we can work on complicated stories over the span of a few days. We strive to publish accurate information when we have what we need for the best story.
NEWS COVERAGE POLICY (Adopted 5-19-22)
CCX Media will serve as an independent source of news and information covering the nine member cities. Journalists representing CCX News will strive to maintain the highest form of integrity and follow the four principles of the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.
- Seek the Truth and Report It
Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting, and interpreting information.
- Minimize Harm
Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues, and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
- Act Independently
The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. Journalists should avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or other special interests.
- Be Accountable and Transparent
Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.
Meet our News team here- https://ccxmedia.org/ccx-news/meet-news-team/