FAQs

FAQs

Orb produces a new kind of journalism that challenges and unites us around our human story. We’re fully digital and we deliver incisive and compelling stories in multiple formats and languages, making them accessible to anyone with a cell phone, tablet or computer.

Founded by Molly Bingham, Orb is structured as a U.S. based nonprofit, underscoring its commitment to delivering information to the public over profit to shareholders.

We are a team of experts in journalism and data science looking to build a revolutionary and amazing journalism organization.

There is rising frustration with, and concern about, journalism’s failure to deliver meaningful, useful information to the public. The transition to digital formats and changing revenue models act as shifting sands under the industry’s feet, hindering its ability to deliver a crucial public service.

When we most need to see the full picture of our world, it’s increasingly apparent that journalism is showing us only fragments of it. At best, diverse perspectives are aggregated into a mosaic that presents a time consuming and fractured image of our world. To keep us glued to our screens, today’s media is stuck in a virtue-less cycle. By pushing breaking news updates, focusing on our differences and reinforcing stereotypes, media keeps us hooked by delivering a heightened sense of conflict.

In the age of the digital medium, this journalistic message feels out of date and has limited value to the public. Something needs to change.

Doing Journalism Differently: Illuminating our Human Story
Today we are presented with a stunning opportunity. We now have an unfettered, digital reach. We can connect with anyone, anywhere. As people, we have our differences, but we share a core that profoundly outweighs them. Why not take advantage of that global reach by fusing powerful digital tools and professional journalism to unite us around what we have in common? Why not produce journalism liberated from the national and cultural agendas that are so prevalent in today’s media?

Orb unlocks the full journalistic potential of what technology has made possible. We provide a new perspective, a refreshing type of journalism that resonates with and is accessible to a diverse, global audience. Our reinvented editorial process enables us to serve our human community with journalism that challenges and unifies us by fostering our understanding of our interconnected and interdependent world.

Orb has several unique qualities.

The first is our perspective: Every story is crafted to reveal our interdependent world to a global audience. We produce journalism that has been liberated from the political, cultural and national biases that often impact which stories are told and how.

Our tone sets us apart: As the sole social institution charged with bringing real time information about our unfolding world to the public, journalism has a responsibility to reveal our world as it is, rather than as we’d like it to be. That means challenging assumptions, revealing our shared interests and bringing a refreshing tone of humility to everything we cover.

Our Topical Focus: Orb’s stories focus on eight core topics – Food, Water, Energy, Health, Education, Environment, Trade and Governance.

We take a proactive journalistic approach: Rather than delivering event-driven, reactive content, Orb uses our data analysis and active community to identify emerging and important stories. Through the stories we tell, Orb demonstrates that our world is built on interlocking human and natural systems, rather than a series of random events.

We have redesigned the editorial process: If you want a different result, you need to change your process, right? We’re fusing data science, the knowledge that exists in the crowd and the work of professional journalists to produce our stories.

How we deliver our stories is radically different: Each story can be read, viewed in multimedia, heard through an audio only version or explored via data in the world’s most widely spoken languages. We collaborate with our community during the reporting process. Interactive graphics, maps, polls and other features make our audience participants in our stories.

We registered as a non-profit organization in the United States because we want to be clear that we exist to serve you, the public, with our quality journalism about the world around us. Corporate owned journalism organizations will always have a tension between their duty to serve their shareholders and their unique role in serving the public. When those two compete, the public usually loses.

We want to be built and supported by the global community that values our work. We respect that audience and want to bring them into the reporting process as stakeholders in their own information system.

Get involved with our work as a member, donor or as a volunteer here.

President and CEO Molly Bingham launched Orb with a significant initial investment. This investment has funded scoping and planning activities, audience research, data analysis models and the production of several initial stories, laying the foundation for a global organization.

We are looking for partners, donors and members to join us in making the capital investment that will bring Orb to life, capable of generating regular weekly, and ultimately daily, stories. To support Orb, visit our donate page.

Ad revenue is not considered a source of revenue for Orb, though we may accept some advertising or sponsorship revenue at some point.

Orb is governed by an independent Board of Directors that is responsible for organizational oversight, management accountability and for assessing the overall direction and strategy of Orb. In addition to its Board of Directors, Orb is currently of developing a team of business and journalism advisors to ensure the highest standards of excellence. If you would like to become an Orb advisor, please contact us.

If you would like to republish an Orb story in any way, please contact us at info@orbmedia.org.

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Get in touch with our technical support team at info@orbmedia.org.

We believe that public feedback is not a one-way street -- that is, simply publishing your comments or letters. Instead, we are committed to engaging with you and taking action based on your suggestions, complaints and other feedback. You may help us develop an individual story or line of coverage, answer questions that a story may raise, identify related or under-covered issues, and teach us about new and diverse sources, experts and perspectives.

In line with this, we are committed to providing greater transparency about how news is produced and offering regular points of contact and interaction. We believe that news organizations have a responsibility to engage with the public on the values, issues and ideas of the day, and that we have much to gain in return.

The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, is developing transparency standards that help you easily assess the quality and credibility of journalism.

The Trust Indicators developed by the project are standardized disclosures that provide clarity on a news organization’s ethics and other standards for fairness and accuracy, a journalist’s background, and the work behind a news story. More than 75 news organizations collaborated to create them.

They are the first to give search engines and social media platforms the consistent technical standards they need to surface quality news.

Our tech partners, who are investigating ways to use the Trust Indicators to surface and display quality journalism, include Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter.

POLICIES

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Orb commits to do its best to publish accurate information across all of its content. We take many steps to ensure accuracy: We investigate claims with skepticism; question assumptions; challenge conventional wisdom; confirm information with subject-matter experts; and seek to corroborate what sources tell us by talking with other informed people or consulting documents. We verify content, such as technical terms, stats, etc, against source documents or make clear who is providing the information.We may share relevant components of a story with a primary source or an outside expert to verify them.

We stand by the information as accurate, and if it’s not, we will change it as quickly as possible and be transparent with our readers about the magnitude of the error.

We guide our journalists to ask the following questions when double-checking information in a quest for the truth.

  • How do you know?
  • How can you be sure?
  • Where is the evidence?
  • Who is the source, and how does the source know?
  • What is the supporting documentation?

Inclusiveness is at the heart of the Orb mission. We prize diversity of thinking and acting as journalists. The complex issues we face as a society require respect for different viewpoints. Race, class, generation, gender and geography all affect point of view. Reflecting these differences in our reporting leads to better, more nuanced stories and a better-informed community.

We seek diverse voices in our management and reporting staff. Our staffing report is still being developed and a link will be provided when finalized.

Publishing accurate and factual information is at the heart of Orb’s mission. Orb is committed to telling readers when an error has been made, the magnitude of the error and the correct information, as quickly as possible. This commitment and transparency is applicable to small errors as well as large, to short news summaries as well as large feature pieces.

Orb challenges the way we see the world and brings us closer together around the things we share. By telling stories that show how we are interconnected and highlighting trans-national and cross-cultural collaboration, Orb provides the information necessary to fuel individual action, ultimately shaping our world. Orb is built on a nonprofit framework because we believe that as a nonprofit we can better serve the public’s interest rather than the bottom line.

What does it mean for Orb to be a nonprofit news organization? It means that we act as a public charity with the purpose of educating and informing a global audience. It means that Orb is a true member of our global community and not a corporation with business interests. It also means that Orb is supported by donations by individual donors, memberships, foundations, corporate sponsorships, syndication and other revenue streams.

While our nonprofit business model may be unique, our journalism ethics are firmly grounded and they underscore all that we do. Our reputation, in fact our existence, is predicated on holding our journalism code of ethics sacred. This doctrine covers not only our journalists and editors but also anyone who is contracted to work on or produce a story with Orb:

Our readers, our world, deserve journalism that is truthful, free of bias and challenges all our assumptions. We deliver content that is accurate, respectful, doesn’t harbor any of our own special interests and challenges all of us about what we think we know. Our journalism must meet the high demands of our readers; all our journalism will undergo diligent verification. In the end, the stories we report will be an accurate and complete reflection of our shared, global story. They will be the best that we can do.

Orb will only use unnamed sources in very rare cases where the importance of the information provided can be undoubtedly defined as much bigger than the importance of transparency. The CJO and the CEO will know the identity of the source and the information provided by the source will be checked and controlled and only reported if it meets Orb's usual requirements for documentation. Orb will never identify the source to anybody without the written acceptance from the source.