The AsiaN Passes Screening Process for Daum News Portal

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The AsiaN, which provides quality news in Korean, English, and Arabic, has partnered with Daum (Kakao) portal and can now be searched as a news source. The Naver-Kakao News Alliance Evaluation Committee recently assessed The AsiaN’s online articles and announced that it decided to include The AsiaN into its member circle. This will ensure a broad readership that will convey significant information regarding issues concerning all of Asia.

Daum added that this time around, out of the 324 news outlets that applied for membership, only 31 were authorized as “searchable”, which means the percent of membership access was a mere 9.57%.

The News Alliance Evaluation Committee based its assessment on 5 key premises: 1. Number of articles written 2. Ratio of articles written directly by news agency to those retrieved elsewhere (ideal rate: 30%) 3. Quality of reports 4. Ethics factor 5. Consumer “readers” factor (normal rate:70%).

When the evaluation processes began, 10 members from the committee were chosen at random to assess each news company by the 5 premises on a scale of 1 to 10. News sources that received at least a 7 or more in all categories were granted membership.

At the same time, the committee also announced that news sources that have accumulated six or more penalty points will be subject to reevaluation starting from March 1st, 2017. This procedure was created to ensure that sources that are already members will continue to provide quality news and create an environment in which the standard for reporting remains high.

Seo Eui-mi, Intern Reporter, The AsiaN

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