Our Policies here at Insane Throttle Publications. Topics Selection,Research, Editing, Correction Policy and Ethics

Our Process

At Insane Throttle, we follow a process when we select, research, write, edit and, if necessary, correct our articles.

Topics

Our topics vary  depending on the submitting publication or editorial.

We closely monitor the factual accuracy of what is said and done in the Biker Scene. This includes both independents and motorcycle clubs.

Selection

When selecting material to write about, we seek to devote an equal amount of time reviewing claims on all sides of a story . We do that by reviewing statements they make in the same venues. We also give both sides the opportunities to rebut what has been reported

Our sources include:

Motorcycle Clubs Themselves. We have confidential sources on the ground in the motorcycle scene .

Wire Services. We use well known reporting agencies like Associated Press as well as Reuters for our articles

Readers. We answer questions from readers on our voice message system 847-957-1656

Research

We systematically go through all resources available  for statements based on facts. Once we find a statement that we suspect may be inaccurate or misleading, we will engage – or attempt to engage – with the person or organization that is being fact-checked. The burden is on the person or organization making the claim to provide the evidence to support it.

If the supporting material shows that statement is accurate, we will drop it and move on to something else. Our mission is to reduce the level of deception and confusion in the motorcycle scene.

If the supporting material does not support the claim or if no evidence is provided, then we will conduct research of our own.

We also interview experts on other topics as needed – for instance, in researching issues on law enforcement agencies, motorcycle clubs and credible journalist, we would contact experts on those areas.

Our goal is to use the best evidence.

Editing our personal editorials and opinion pieces

Fact-checking. A fact-checker goes through the story line by line, word by word, to make sure that every fact is correct and every statement we make and conclusion we draw is accurate and based on the evidence. All of our stories contain hyperlinks to source material, so that readers can check our facts.

Correction Policy

If any new information comes to light after we publish a story that materially changes that story, we will clarify, correct or update our story and provide a note to readers that explains the change, why it was made and the date it was made. Readers can contact us at to request a correction or clarification.

Our goal, as stated in our mission, is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and always give both sides of the story a chance to get their side of events out to the general public

Insane Throttle News Hotline 847-957-1656

To contact the editor of Insane Throttle by email

Ethics Policy

Insane Throttle Biker News follows the Society of Professional Journalists Guidelines

Preamble

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.

Seek Truth and
Report It

Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Journalists should:

Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible

Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy

Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.

Be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises they make.

Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.

Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted

Minimize Harm

Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.

Act Independently

The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public.

Be Accountable and Transparent

Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.

Ownership & Funding Info

Insane Throttle Publications, doing business as Insane Throttle Biker News and Motorcycle Madhouse, is a Chicago, Illinois-based newspaper publisher owned by James Macecari.

Insane Throttle Publications was founded by James Macecari. James Macecari had experience in the Motorcycle Club scene and is currently the author of two major books on the motorcycle club scene. James Macecari is also the host of Motorcycle Madhouse Radio program as well as someone who is called upon by media outlets to give opinion views on stories related to motorcycle clubs and motorcycling in general.

Insane Throttle Publications is funded through subscriber and viewer ship donations as well as internet based ads and affiliate programs. We do not accept funding from anyone associated with our articles.

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