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bbcworldservice ADMIN July 2, 2009
Your Story - the citizen journalism at the BBC World Service is now closed.

Thanks for your contributions.

Group Description

A group for people who wish to contribute stories to the BBC World Service citizen journalism site.

Group Rules

Your Story - House Rules

The Your Story website is a place to showcase your stories, to share your experiences and views with other people around the world.

In order to make the Your Story project work, a few house rules are necessary so that we get content that doesn't harm or distress anyone. All BBC content follows strict rules. Here is the Your Story code of conduct:-

*Users cannot upload to the website, or distribute or otherwise publish through it, anything that is libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, invasive of another's privacy, or harms minors in any way;

* Similarly, users cannot upload to the website, or distribute or otherwise publish through it, anything that harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability.

*Users should not use abusive, vulgar, or otherwise offensive language constituting a personal attack or with malicious intent.

*Users should not say they are/pretend to be professional reporters. Users should not say they are working professionally for the BBC, though they should say to others they record that they will offer content to the BBC.

*Users must not risk their personal safety or that of others in order to gather material for submission to the BBC.

*Please, no flaming or trolling. Flaming means posting something angry and mean-spirited - the online equivalent of losing your temper. Trolls say deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble. This is not polite, so please do not do it.

*Only include suitable URLs in your contributions. Links to unsuitable websites will be removed, so if you are considering contributing something that contains a URL, please make sure that it adds value and interest to what you're writing.

*Users must not spread false information, nor should they submit articles based on groundless assumptions or predictions.

*Users should not damage the reputation of others by composing articles that infringe on personal privacy.

* Users should only use legitimate methods to gather information, and clearly inform their sources that they intend to cover a story.

*If using any external contributions, users must get consent from the individual(s) by recording consent of the people featured, stating "this may be broadcast on the BBC". This will demonstrate that the subject realises that the contribution is likely to be submitted for broadcasting.

* Users should not use their position for personal gain or profit.

* Users must not exaggerate or distort facts on behalf of themselves or any organization to which they belong.

* Users must be prepared to apologise fully and promptly for coverage that is wrong or otherwise inappropriate.

* Users must not impersonate any person or entity, or include personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent.

* Users must not infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or make available content that they do not have a right to make available under any law

* Users must not advertise any illegal services, or the sale of any items - the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by applicable law.

* Users must not submit content that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.

If you submit an image or audio, you do so in accordance with the BBC's Terms and Conditions. In contributing to BBC World Service you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. This may include the transmission of the material by our overseas partners; these are all reputable foreign news broadcasters who are prohibited from altering the material in any way or making it available to other UK broadcasters or to the print media.

For full details of the BBC's terms and conditions please click here.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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