Located in Berlin, the epicenter of European esports, The Shotcaller combines high standards of traditional journalism with a huge passion for esports. As one main part of this mission, The Shotcaller goes beyond headlines and feeds them with real context to make esports more tangible for everybody. On the long path to nurture esports culture, The Shotcaller gives a voice to everybody, who is willing to partake in the public exchange of opinions surrounding esports.
This is only the beginning of a long journey and it would be awesome if you’d be part of it!
IN AN AGE OF “FAKE NEWS” WE STAND FOR QUALITY JOURNALISM
When it comes to traditional journalism standards we follow the principles of the German Press Code, issued by the German Press Council, which defines the professional ethics of the Press.
TRUTHFULNESS AND PRESERVING HUMAN DIGNITY
Respect for the truth, preservation of human dignity and accurate informing of the public are the overriding principles of the Press.
In this way, every person active in the Press preserves the standing and credibility of the media.
Research is an indispensable instrument of journalistic due diligence. The publication of specific information in word, picture, and graphics must be carefully checked in respect of accuracy in the light of existing circumstances. Its sense must not be distorted or falsified by editing, title or picture captions. Unconfirmed reports, rumors or assumptions must be quoted as such.
Symbolic photos must be clearly marked as such.
The Press shall respect professional secrecy, make use of the right to refuse to bear witness and shall not reveal informants‘ identities without their explicit permission.
Confidentiality is to be adhered to in principle.
SEPARATION OF ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL CONTENT
The responsibility of the Press towards the general public requires that editorial publications are not influenced by the private or business interests of third parties or the personal economic interests of the journalists. Publishers and editors must reject any attempts of this nature and make a clear distinction between editorial and commercial content. If a publication concerns the publisher‘s own interests, this must be clearly identifiable.
PROTECTION OF THE PERSONALITY
The Press shall respect the private life of a person and his/her right to self-determination about personal information. However, if a person‘s behavior is of public interest, it may be discussed by the Press. In the case of identifying reporting, the public interest in information must outweigh the interests worthy of protection of the persons involved; sensational interests alone do not justify identifying reporting. As far as an anonymization is required, it must be effective.
The Press guarantees editorial data protection.
PROTECTION OF DIGNITY
Violating people‘s dignity with inappropriate representations in word and image contradicts journalistic ethics.
There must be no discrimination against a person because of his/her sex, a disability or his membership of an ethnic, religious, social or national group.
The acceptance of privileges of any kind that could possibly influence the freedom of decision on the part of publishers and editors are irreconcilable with the prestige, independence, and responsibilities of the Press. Anyone accepting bribes for the dissemination of news acts in a dishonorably and unprofessional manner.