Community Guidelines

The Citizen Journalist platform is an invitation to help shape what CNN-News18 covers and how. Every day, people across India and the world share stories of the events happening near them and personal opinions about issues in the headlines.
And every day, we at CNN-News18 select content that should become part of our news coverage. For this to work, we all need to operate under a few guiding principles:

  • Who's invited?

    You must be at least 13 years old to participate.
  • What kind of content is welcome here?

    This website is a place to post your news: great stories of events near you or events that affect you, or your own take on issues making headlines.
    News comes in all shapes and sizes, and the idea here on CJ is that the community will shape what counts as news, but there are a few things every CJ Report should have in common:
    - It's yours. Your reports should be made up of your own words and images, or those that you have the rights to use.
    - It's true. CJ reports should be about real events, or real opinions on events. It's not news if you make it up.
    - It's new and interesting. The best CJ reports teach us something new or start a fresh discussion.
  • What if my story is difficult to stomach?

    Sometimes a story that has news value can be hard to stomach. If you're posting material you think may be difficult for sensitive audiences, please make sure you warn us by adding 'discretion advised' to your post. We can then in turn add a warning with your post for those who come onto the site.
    Please also note what is not welcome.
  • What isn't welcome?

    - Content that infringes someone's copyright.
    - Content that you know to be untrue.
    - Spam, or repeated uploads that flood the site with duplicate versions of the same or similar content.
    - Pornography/sexually explicit content.
    - Obscene/lewd content.
    - Content that advocates violent behavior.
    - Content that contains violent images of killing or physical abuse that appear to have been captured solely, or principally, for exploitive, prurient or gratuitous purposes.
    - Content that advocates dangerous, illegal or predatory acts or poses a reasonable threat to personal or public safety.
    - Hate Speech/Racially or ethnically offensive content.
  • What happens if you post something that violates the Community Guidelines?

    Moderators will review it and take it down from the site. If you post more than three pieces of material that need to be removed from the site, your account will be disabled.

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