Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is CJ?

  • CJ invites you to take part in the news with CNN-News18. Your voice, together with other CJs, helps shape what we cover and how.
  • How is CJ different from the rest of NEWS18.COM?

  • Everything you see on this site starts with someone in our audience. Stories submitted to this site are not edited fact-checked or screened before they post.
  • What counts as 'news' here?

  • We'll decide that together. One of the goals of CJ is to expand the current definition of news. Please share the stories you think are newsworthy and participate in discussions you think are interesting. Our producers will check out the most compelling, important and urgent stories, so we can verify the information and add them to our channel coverage.
  • Can I be a CJ?

  • Everyone above the age of 13 is welcome to become a Citizen Journalist and post content to this website.
  • How do I register as a user on this site?

  • To become a registered user, you will need atleast one of the following - an ID, a Facebook account or a Twitter account. In case you have neither, you can easily register on them for free.
  • If I register on this site, does that mean I work for CNN-News18?

  • No. Being a CJ user and creating and uploading content to this site does not mean that you work for CNN-News18, and you should never represent yourself as working for the channel
  • What are tags? And why do I need them on my story?

  • Tags are short, descriptive words or phrases that help identify and group things together on the Web. (For example, a story about a Ganesh Utsav might have these tags: Ganesh, Utsav, idol, visarjan, Mumbai.) On this website we use tags as the main way to connect and organise the material on the site. The more tags you add, the easier it will be for others to find your work and connect it to similar pieces. Keep in mind that many of the search tools built into this site rank tags based on their order, so you should list the most important tags up front, and separate tags with commas.
  • What are assignments?

  • CJ assignments are story ideas from our producers, based on topics in the news or stories that we'd like you to share with us. If you're looking for ideas about what to cover, assignments are a great place to start, though you certainly shouldn't feel like your CJ Report has to fit within a particular assignment. The most compelling CJ Reports from these assignments often end up CNN-News18.
  • What does my profile page show about me?

  • Your profile page lets others on the site see your CJ Reports and get to know a little bit about you. Feel free to include as much or as little as you like. No matter what, the site keeps your e-mail address, phone number and mailing address concealed from public view.
  • What does it mean to follow someone?

  • Followers on this site are like friends on other social networking sites. If you see someone whose work you admire or find interesting, click on the 'Follow' button to see their new contributions show up on your profile page next time you log in.
  • What does it mean if someone's following me?

  • If someone decides to follow your profile, it just means that they are interested in your work and want to keep track of what else you contribute to the site. If someone decides to follow you, you are under no obligation to follow them in return.


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