We guide our reporting and writing off of these simple and basic principles, much of which is inspired by the SPJ Code of Ethics with notable exceptions:
- Verify and take responsibility for accurate information.
- A time sensitive story is not an excuse for inaccurate information.
- Present updated information if it is presented.
- Sources should be protected, unless source presents untruthful information for nefarious reasons.
- Respect all sources of information.
- Support a free open market place of ideas, there is no excuse not to. Trying to suppress a free open market place should be lambasted at every corner of speech.
- Seek to be a watchdog, to inform and thus protect the public.
- Photoshops and satire can be useful tools to help inform a read, as long as they are stated as such, or presented in an obvious way.
- Plagiarizing is not acceptable, nor will it be tolerated.
- Do not be like Gawker Media.
BALANCE HARM VS "THE STORY"
- We will not "Minimize Harm" for those that seek to profit from harming others. This is all too common, and it comes with a considerable price to what people can say and can't say.
- Truth is always favored over "harm" if and when the public will take the brunt of the inflicted damage for not knowing said Truth.
- If said truth serves no purpose other then to incite scandal, it is not worth publishing or the public's time.
- Subjects or persons of interest are rarely if ever are/about children, and they will not be treated as such.
- In the case that a subject is a minor, we will take actions to ensure reasonable handling.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
- Conflicts of interest are nearly impossible to avoid in niche industries and entertainment. As such, all potential conflicts of interest, real or perceived must be disclosed, even if the conflict is avoidable.
- Reject sources that offer money or gifts to cultivate stories.
- News and advertising must be clearly distinguished at all times. Sponsored content will be clearly labeled as such.
- Civil dialog about site practices in regards to reporting, news, and editorials are always encouraged.
- The public has no right to finance information about the company that is not related to the issues brought up in CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. (We are not a publicly traded company.)
- Expose unethical journalism no matter if it is from outside or within.
- Correct mistakes, if needed, a new post should be created to rectify the mistake.