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Terms and Conditions

Thank you for visiting the First Draft website! By using our site, you accept the following terms of use and agree to comply with them. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of, and comply with, these terms.

Use of our site includes accessing, browsing or signing up to interact on firstdraftnews.org.


First Draft – a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government – uses research-based methods to fight mis- and disinformation online. Additionally, it provides practical and ethical guidance in how to find, verify and publish content sourced from the social web.


We may update our site from time to time, and will endeavor to keep all content up to date. However, we do not guarantee that any work that we publish will be free from errors or omissions.

We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We will not be liable to you if, for any reason, our site is unavailable at any time, for any period.


If you decide to sign up to firstdraftnews.org, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password. You must not disclose it to any third party. We have the right to disable your account at any time if, in our opinion, you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use. If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your username or password, you must promptly notify us at [email protected]

You can access your account via the saved page firstdraftnews.org/saved.


Content on firstdraftnews.org refers to written words, videos, podcasts, presentations and interactive services.

As a visitor of this site, you must not copy, distribute or resell any content from the site. You are free to share the content on social media, print, screen-grab or email for non-commercial purposes only, but in all cases must credit First Draft as the source. We consider an appropriate credit to be the name “First Draft”, and request that you provide or hyperlink to the URL firstdraftnews.org where possible.

First Draft has a policy to never include potentially disturbing or offensive language or images on its site unless, in our opinion, inclusion of such content will provide educational value to our community. In these instances, we will display a clear warning at the top of the page and ensure that any disturbing or offensive elements are not independently shareable on social media.

We will not knowingly violate legal rights or deliberately deceive users, and will only ever publish information or comment that is to the best of our knowledge appropriate, honest and correct.


If you choose to sign up to First Draft directly then we will collect your email address. If you sign in using your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Google credentials, you may provide additional personal information such as your real name, age, location and profile photograph. You acknowledge that by providing this information you allow us to identify you and therefore you may not be anonymous. No personally identifiable information will be made public to other visitors to the site unless you have chosen to include these details in any public packs that you create.

Any information that we collect about you will only be used to administer our site and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, analysis and testing. We will use your email address to notify you about any news updates or changes to our service.

When you sign up to First Draft, you will be added to our Mailchimp mailing list, as you have expressed that you would like to receive direct email notifications from First Draft. You can unsubscribe from notification emails at any point in your account page firstdraftnews.org/saved or by clicking the unsubscribe link in the email footer.

Data will be retained as long as your account is active.  We will not share your personal information with any third parties except if First Draft or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its users will be one of the transferred assets or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use.

By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

All information you provide to us is stored on secure server. You are responsible for keeping your password confidential and we ask you not to share a password with anyone. You may delete your account at any point by clicking ‘My account’ in firstdraftnews.org/saved.

We will do our best to protect your personal data but we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. We will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

First Draft uses Google analytics to track how you are using the site, your browsing behaviour, journey and device or browser used. No personally identifiable information is collected via Google analytics. This information is used to help improve the experience for the users.

First Draft uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Eyewitness Media Hub Ltd.

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.


Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites and we do not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement by including the links. We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site and will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.


Audio is available on First Draft, hosted by Soundcloud. Content is posted in accordance with Soundcloud’s Terms and Conditions.

Video is available on demand on First Draft, hosted by YouTube. Content is posted in accordance with YouTube’s Terms and Conditions.

To the best of our knowledge, we will not infringe copyright or any other intellectual property rights. If you have any concerns regarding copyright, please email [email protected]


Nothing in these terms of use excludes any liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law. To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied. We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:
·       use of, or inability to use, our site;
·       or use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:
·       loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
·       business interruption;
·       loss of anticipated savings;
·       loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation;
·       or any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programmes, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.


Content on First Draft will never knowingly infringe any copyright or licensing agreements with third parties. Any content commissioned for First Draft has been done so in good faith, with explicit usage rights agreed upfront.

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights on our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.
You may print off or download copies or extracts of any page(s) from our site for personal or educational use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.

You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.


Any complaints will be treated with the utmost care and attention, please email any complaints to [email protected] and use the subject line: Complaint.