Content and Reporting
All reporting is original reporting unless otherwise stated. Content that is quoted or summarized from another publication is cited inline and embedded with a hyperlink. Any material from outside publications, unless it is being refuted by The Scope, is sourced from publications with comparable editorial and ethical standards. On occasion, The Scope may choose to republish, with permission, articles from other publications. In those cases, attribution and links back to original work are posted at the top of the article.
All information from credible sources is verified by the reporter and the student editor, and is generally reviewed by a faculty advisor. Apart from pieces published under opinion categories (opinion, community voices and, to a lesser degree, analysis), The Scope publishes statements of fact, not opinion. We avoid misleading the public by providing information out of or with limited context. It is part and parcel of our mission to provide greater context around urban justice issues and, therefore, to better inform the public.
Pieces published under either the opinion or analysis categories are only accepted or commissioned by those who are experts in their field. This may include academics, policymakers, advocates, et cetera. This may also include people who have had a personal, intimate experience with the subject or event they are writing about. Both the student editor and faculty advisor will verify facts within these pieces that are not considered common knowledge.
Pieces published under the community voices category undergo factchecking the same as any other article, and will appear with the reporter’s byline with an “as told to” qualifier, e.g., “by John Doe as told to Jame Smith.”
Pieces published under the Question and Answer (Q&A) category are edited by the reporter and/or student editor for length and clarity and will be labelled as such. Information and quotations within Q&A pieces, and all pieces for that matter, are not edited or taken out of context so as to maintain their meaning and intention.
Our readers deserve to know where the information that informs our work comes from. Any information and quotations derived from our sources will be properly attributed, to uphold and maintain the confidence of our readers.
The Scope only uses unnamed sources if the source is taking a demonstrated economic or personal risk by becoming a source. A source that wishes to stay anonymous will be shared with the one or more members of the editorial student staff and/or the faculty advisor. Anonymous sources will only be used if the source is stating fact, not opinion; is reliable, and in position to be stating factual information; and is the only source available to provide the information. Reporters verify the information provided by anonymous sources with secondary sources and find sources who can state the information on the record.
There may be times when The Scope will make mistakes. Minor errors are fixed within the original post and are referenced in a correction at the bottom of the page. More serious corrections are explained in an editor’s note at the top of the original post. In the dire and rare circumstance that a piece published on The Scope proves to be considerably problematic, the post is deleted and a letter from the editorial student staff explaining the missteps behind the errors is published forthwith.
The Scope may, on occasion, partner with publications to co-publish work. The Scope only partners with publications that have comparable editorial and ethical standards.