Submission Validation Policy

The Hot Mess Press is not a gossip mill or proponent of “fake news.” The HMP staff takes submissions seriously, and though topics are left open to the discretion of the submitting journalist, our organization will reivew, fact check and verify the efficacy of information presented. We have strict protocols for legitimacy and credibility and we take journalism seriously. While we do accept submissions from journalists all over the world, not all submissions are automatically accepted. Submissions are reviewed, vetted and fact checked prior to publication, by one or more members of the Press staff.

To the best of our ability, we adhere to the International Factchecking code of principles first penned by Poynter, as follows:

  1. A COMMITMENT TO NONPARTISANSHIP AND FAIRNESS We fact-check claims using the same standard for every fact check. We do not concentrate our fact-checking on any one side. We follow the same process for every fact check and let the evidence dictate our conclusions. We do not advocate or take policy positions on the issues we fact-check.
  2. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF SOURCES We want our readers to be able to verify our findings themselves. We provide all sources in enough detail that readers can replicate our work, except in cases where a source’s personal security could be compromised. In such cases, we provide as much detail as possible.
  3. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF FUNDING & ORGANIZATION We are transparent about our funding sources. If we accept funding from other organizations, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports. We detail the professional background of all key figures in our organization and explain our organizational structure and legal status. We clearly indicate a way for readers to communicate with us.
  4. A COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY OF METHODOLOGY We explain the methodology we use to select, research, write, edit, publish and correct our fact checks. We encourage readers to send us claims to fact-check and are transparent on why and how we fact-check.
  5. A COMMITMENT TO OPEN AND HONEST CORRECTIONS We publish our corrections policy and follow it scrupulously. We correct clearly and transparently in line with our corrections policy, seeking so far as possible to ensure that readers see the corrected version.