Code of Conduct and Editorial Policies
The Global Mail commits to the following Code of Conduct and Editorial Policies. These draw upon and respect the guidelines laid down by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). We also acknowledge the editorial policies which guide the journalism produced by major media organisations. The intention here is to outline clear parameters within which The Global Mail journalists are expected to work.
We will investigate on our readers’ behalf those who have public responsibility, recognising that we, too, as writers, have a public responsibility to ensure you can always believe us.
Opinions, when they are sought and published on our site, will be clearly identified as such. We have the same high expectation of factual accuracy in any commentary or freelance journalism as we do of our own staff’s work.
We commit to principles outlined by the MEAA:
- Respect for the rights of others
In so committing our journalists will:
- Always accurately and fairly represent facts and information, offering every opportunity of reply.
- Not unfairly or unduly emphasis race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, family relationships, religious belief, or physical or intellectual disability.
- Take special care when reporting on children, ensuring that where children are interviewed, parental consent is obtained where possible. Where this is not possible, the editor will always be informed and retains the discretion not to publish.
- Not agree to anonymity without considering motive. When we do accept anonymity we will tell our readers why and respect the confidences given.
- Never accept payment, gifts or benefit for stories we follow. Never use our position for personal gain.
- Never allow our personal interest, or the personal interest of any family member, to undermine the accuracy, integrity or independence of our journalism.
- Always disclose to the editor conflicts of interest whether they affect, or might be seen to affect, the accuracy, fairness or independence of our journalism. The editor retains the discretion to publish or not. If published, the conflict of interest will be explicitly disclosed on The Global Mail website and other conduits of our journalism.
- Retain the right to join any organisation of our choosing, but recognise that such associations should never influence our journalism. When the possibility of influence becomes apparent, this will be disclosed to the editor who retains the right not to publish or to publish with due disclosure.
- Never break the law in order to obtain information.
- Never indulge chequebook journalism and commit never to pay directly or indirectly for interviews, information (excepting FOI application fees, where applicable) or stories.
- Never manipulate sound, video, direct quotes, photography or data-visualised information to mislead our readers.
- Never plagiarise. We will always recognise and acknowledge the source of material when it is from another publication.
- Always respect private grief and personal privacy.
- Always correct our errors in a timely and obvious manner.
The Global Mail commits to exercise these editorial standards over all content published on the website. Editorial decisions will not be influenced by political, commercial or personal interests. Our journalists will strive for balance that follows the outcome of their reporting, rather than reporting that follows a preconceived notion of the outcome.
Any content that is likely to cause offence must be justified by the editorial context. The Global Mail will employ sensitivity when reporting and/or depicting violence, tragedy and trauma, and have regard for victims, witnesses and bereaved relatives. We will be aware of and sensitive to cultural practices when reporting on recently deceased persons.