Undertake research and gather information for editorial content
It is about accessing or contacting a wide range of sources and being able to interrogate data, or question individuals in order to gather information of relevance and significance to the subject under scrutiny.
It requires making considered judgments about the reliability of sources and the accuracy of information. It involves understanding copyright issues as well as legal and ethical constraints.
This Standard applies to all those who undertake research to develop editorial content.
You must be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
You need to know and understand:
the purpose of the research and the nature of the editorial content to which it relates
the timescales, deadlines and resource constraints for the research to be undertaken for editorial content creation
how to use data analytics and interpret social media trends
how to break down a proposal into practical research tasks
the sources of potential information including people, publications and databases
how to approach people to elicit information
the importance of keeping clear, comprehensive, accurate and current research notes
the relevant legal requirements and organisational protocols for storing information relating to research and sources
the commercial, legal and ethical considerations that apply when contacting sources and what contractual arrangements apply to specialist sources
how to evaluate information for relevance, reliability and accuracy and how to check for, and identify, discrepancies and inconsistencies
how to undertake effective internet research, using specialist search engines and social media
the need to verify sources, and who and how to refer to for this
the potential legal risks, factual errors and breaches of codes of conduct involved in using material from internet sources
the value, limitations and risks of using social media sources
the relevant legal and ethical considerations which affect the use of information for editorial content
any restrictions and conditions attached to the use of information and the implications of using copyright materials for editorial content