ArabCrunch News Tipping Policy
When I published the last news about Google’s suspected acquisition talks with a Jordanian startup, I was pressured by many to reveal the name of the company or the source/s name.
Look there is a thin line between journalism and blogging, however they share many aspects, when a source/s say: keep me anonymous he stays anonymous, no one outside ArabCrunch will know about him/her, not even the closest person to me, not my dad not my mom! Like any respected blogger or journalist, I am even ready to go to jail and not reveal the source name!
Someone pressured me to tell him the source/s name/s, he told me I’ll tip you with better and hotter news (worldwide exclusivity) just if you reveal the source/s name/s, I declined. Then he got angry and told me I won’t favor you with our news and I won’t tip you anything anymore. Look I do not care, if you send your news to us that is good for you and for us, you get some help to gain more publicity and we get content, we are not claiming to be mainstream, but we have a affair fair amount of visitors readers who are passionate about Arab startups and the web. (I reserve the right to disclose the name of the person who pressured me, but as you can see I did not.)
ArabCrunch maintains a high level of professionalism. We do not swap things to get news. We are not cheap! And we do not accept payments to post about you: you want to pay then you are welcomed to advertise. You are a partner/advertiser, we disclose this when we write about you, you pay us our travel expenses to visit you so we write about you, we also disclose this to the world. However we only won’t disclose when we write about you- if you were for example a confidential partner/shareholder.-
Like any professional blog/media we love breaking news, we love to have exclusive content and we love to be tipped with breaking news, nevertheless we do not sell our principals. And that person or anyone should put himself on the other person/s position, if he/she tips me with news and then I reveal his name to others in exchange for a great story or anything else, he will also get upset, and won’t deal with AC us anymore! So treat others the same way you wana want to be treated.
We do not just do maintain our news tipping policy in order not to make anyone angry or and in order not to lose our sources, but to be fair with everyone and maintain trust and reputation as a reliable source of Arab startups and tech news. Moreover if we discover that that the tip was baseless, its source will lose all credibility and we won’t deal with him/her anymore..etc.
I hope everyone understand this.
Gaith, ArabCrunch Editor.