Style guide and formatting

Novum Intel follows The Reuters Style Guide.

References and citations

articles making factual claims are expected to include references in the form of a bibliography with in-text citations. Novum Intel uses the APA reference style.

Freedom of speech

is the cornerstone of the information industry in which we operate, and is a value we uphold.

Editorial independence

our editorial decision-making processes occur independently of commercial interests.

Confidentiality and embargoes

we honour confidentiality and embargoes, but keep them as last resort options. Confidentiality may be deemed necessary in some cases of sensitive reporting. Reporters will verify sources irrespective of their confidentiality to ensure trustworthy, quality reporting.

Corrections and retractions

accuracy is paramount to editorial integrity, and we will quickly address any factual errors, misrepresentations or other errors raised within reason.

Personal data

is personal, and we keep it that way. Personal data will be disclosed only with the full permission of the individual to whom the data pertains. See also our Privacy Policy.

Editorial contributions

we gladly accept contributions that are relevant to our audience and publication’s focus, and will always clearly attribute authors and companies. All contributions are edited to our style and guidelines.


is not tolerated at Novum Intel. Submitting plagiarised material will lead to contributors being blacklisted. Submissions are routinely checked with dedicated tools to identify infringements. In the instance that plagiarism is detected after publication, readers will be notified (see Corrections and retractions) of the infringing author and article, after which it will be removed from the platform with notice.

Copyrights and permissions

content published by Novum Intel is covered by copyright. Authors may not use or authorise use of the contribution without Novum Intel’s written consent, except as may be allowed by fair-use law. Requests for republication are welcomed and usually granted.

Declaration of competing interests

authors must disclose any competing interests that might influence their decisions and conclusions of any content.


diversity benefits knowledge creation, and as an industry publication we value equity, diversity and inclusion in published content. This includes diversity of gender, race and geography.

Payment for information

No payment or offers of payment shall be made for articles, information, sources or publishing rights; and any paid content such as advertising and advertorials will be clearly marked and distinguished.

Money, influence and freebies

With journalism becoming increasingly sponsored, be it by NPOs, NGOs or sponsored press trips by commercial companies or organs of states, conflict of interest deserves special attention as it diminishes credibility and integrity in journalism and undermines its independence and moral authority.

To avoid conflict of interest, the paying organisation should be completely separated from the reporting process, and have no say or influence in it. The relationship and any agreement between the author and paying organisation should be clearly stated in the article. All of this needs to be communicated with the paying organisation prior to and as principle of any assignment.

Novum Intel’s reporting will never be determined by those who provide financial backing for its work, and this will be clearly communicated to financing parties in advance and highlighted in the reporting.

Ethical journalism is of paramount importance for trustworthy, accurate, fair and independent journalism and serves as a useful guide for working with integrity even in difficult situations. It protects the professional, profession and the public by holding journalists and editors accountable.

Based in South Africa, Novum Intel follows the South African Press Code1 which is aligned with the country’s forward-thinking Constitution2, and not only proclaims freedom of speech but is premised on protecting the individual’s right to dignity. In addition to the South African Press Code and South Africa’s Constitution, it follows the values and principles espoused in the Thomson Reuters Handbook of Journalism3, especially those in the Standards and Values and Guide to Operations sections. It addresses myriad topics from conflicts of interest to accuracy and source protection.


The Reuters Handbook of Journalism outlines ten principles4:

  1. Be accurate both in text and context (and correct mistakes promptly).
  2. Be truthful, only using deceptive methods in matters of public importance if there is no other way of uncovering the facts.
  3. Be fair, presenting all relevant facts in a balanced way.
  4. Be duly impartial in reporting the news and when commenting on it.
  5. Protect confidential sources, unless it is of overriding public interest to do otherwise.
  6. Be free from obligation to any interest group.
  7. Respect the privacy of individuals, unless it is overridden by a legitimate public interest.
  8. Not intrude into private grief and distress, unless such intrusion is overridden by a legitimate public interest.
  9. Refrain from any kind of stereotyping.
  10. Be socially responsible in referring to matters of indecency, obscenity, violence, brutality, blasphemy, and sex.


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