Stoke-on-Trent, England • Founded in 1873
The Sentinel newspaper is a regional newspaper covering local news in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. It is a Reach plc publication called StokeonTrentLive online.
The newspaper was originally published as The Staffordshire Daily Sentinel in 1873. The website launched in 1999. In addition to local news from the Sentinel, the website also hosts weekly newspapers, the Leek Post & Times and Staffordshire Newsletter as well as content from the county magazine Staffordshire Life. The Sentinel strives to be nonpartisan.
Sentinel inherits best practices policies from its parent news organization Reach plc.
Journalists of Reach PLC publications are expected to abide by the Independent Press Standards Organization's Editors’ Code of Practice. The editorial staff is trained in the code, which includes standards on how to remain accurate, respect privacy and avoid harassment, intimidation, discrimination and improper intrusion. The code also includes guidelines on the proper way to report on children, crime, and victims of sexual assault.
Reach PLC publications commit to attracting and recruiting people who are best suited to meet the standards for the publication without regard to race, creed, color, nationality (subject to legal eligibility), ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, connections with a national minority, membership or non-membership of a trade union or, unless justifiable, disability.
Once reports of an inaccuracy are verified by the editorial team, the correction will be made online immediately and it will be noted in the story and on the website's correction/clarifications page.
The company's policy states that its publications will protect the identity of their sources, but establish the reliability of the source and that the material they've provided has been properly obtained. When unnamed sources are used, it is up to the publication's staff to determine whether anonymity will be granted.
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