What Our Process Looks Like
Step 1: Topic selection
Our team scans for topics that are prominent & timely in the news of the day, and impactful (i.e. having significant implications for large numbers of people). We also look for topics that are often divisive, and which could benefit from balanced, nuanced analysis.
Step 2: Topic research & literature review
Our team goes in-depth to catalogue the major studies, reports, and other media related to the topic at hand. We stick to most trustworthy, credible sources. We endeavor to arrive at an understanding of the underlying evidence that informs the different perspectives on the issue.
Step 3: Creation of topic page & content
Based on our literature review, we create a set of major “discussion questions”, which aim to get to the heart of each issue, and which we believe are key to understanding the topic as a whole. For each of the major questions, we present the varying, often opposing viewpoints, along with the evidence, sources, and experts who voice them.
Step 4: Review by Content Committee
Our Content Committee is composed of experts across journalism, medicine and politics. They stress-test, verify, and edit the content that we produce. They also ensure that the content we produce adheres to our internal guidelines, that govern everything from the format in which we present information to the type of language we use.
Step 5: Publishing & community contributions:
Ultimately, Discourse’s goal is to foster discussion and to allow our community to help us get closer to the truth. In order to keep pace with rapid information change, correct inaccuracies quickly, and reduce any potential bias, all our readers can suggest edits. Our team of experts reviews every suggestion, and incorporates those that are credible, relevant, and which push the discussion forward, in line with our.