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Hawkesbury Post Newspaper Editorial Professional Standards Charter
The Hawkesbury Post Newspaper is committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism and editorial integrity. This Charter outlines our commitment to excellence, transparency, and ethical journalism. We believe that a free press is essential for a thriving democracy and that responsible journalism plays a pivotal role in informing and engaging our community. This Charter serves as a guiding document for all editorial staff at the Hawkesbury Post Newspaper.
1. Independence: We maintain editorial independence and resist undue influence from advertisers, external organizations, or any other interests that may compromise the integrity of our journalism.
2. Conflict of Interest: All editorial staff must disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could affect the objectivity or impartiality of their reporting. When conflicts arise, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure transparency.
Accuracy and Fairness
3. Factual Accuracy: We are committed to providing accurate, well-researched, and verifiable information. Editorial staff must verify facts and sources to the best of their abilities before publishing.
4. Fairness and Balance: We aim to present news and opinion pieces in a fair and balanced manner. We provide all relevant perspectives and ensure that bias, both intentional and unintentional, is minimized.
Privacy and Sensitivity
5. Privacy: We respect the privacy of individuals and adhere to ethical guidelines when reporting on personal matters. We obtain consent when necessary and refrain from publishing gratuitous or invasive information.
6. Sensitivity: We exercise sensitivity when covering topics related to tragedy, grief, and vulnerable communities. We consider the potential impact of our reporting on those involved.
Transparency and Corrections
7. Transparency: We are transparent about our sources, methodologies, and editorial decisions. We provide context and background information to help readers understand the full picture.
8. Corrections: In the event of errors or inaccuracies, we promptly correct and acknowledge them. Corrections are made clearly and visibly to rectify any misleading information.
Plagiarism and Attribution
9. Plagiarism: We do not engage in plagiarism. All content must be original, or proper attribution must be given when using external sources. Editorial staff must adhere to copyright laws.
10. Attribution: We attribute information, quotes, and data to their original sources whenever possible. Proper attribution is crucial for maintaining credibility and trust.
11. Accountability: Editorial staff are accountable for their work.
12. Feedback: We welcome feedback and criticism from readers and the community. We investigate legitimate concerns and make improvements accordingly.
Diversity and Inclusivity
13. Diversity: We strive to reflect the diversity of our community in our reporting. We actively seek out underrepresented voices and perspectives.
The Hawkesbury Post Newspaper is dedicated to serving our community with honesty, integrity, and a commitment to the highest standards of journalism. We pledge to uphold the principles outlined in this Editorial Professional Standards Charter, which guides our work and ensures that we continue to earn the trust and respect of our readers.