Editorial Code of Conduct

Last updated: October 7, 2023

Code of Conduct for BACKCOVERNEWS.COM and its editorial employees

1. Professionalism and Integrity:

  • Our editorial employees are expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in all aspects of their work. This includes honesty, accountability, and ethical behavior.

2. Accuracy and Objectivity:

  • Editorial employees are committed to delivering accurate and objective news and information to our audience. Facts must be verified before publication, and personal biases should not influence reporting.

3. Independence and Impartiality:

  • Editorial employees must remain independent from external influences, ensuring that editorial decisions are not swayed by advertisers, sponsors, or political pressures. Reporting must be impartial and without bias.

4. Privacy and Consent:

  • Respecting the privacy and obtaining consent when necessary is fundamental. Our editorial employees must avoid intrusion into private lives and situations, especially in sensitive matters.

5. Transparency:

  • Transparency is crucial to maintaining trust. Editorial employees should disclose conflicts of interest and sources of funding or support that may affect the objectivity of their work.

6. Plagiarism and Attribution:

  • Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Editorial employees must provide proper attribution for sources and content they use in their work, giving credit where it is due.

7. Respect and Inclusivity:

  • Our media company values diversity and inclusion. Editorial employees should treat all individuals with respect, regardless of their background, beliefs, or identity.

8. Harassment and Discrimination:

  • Harassment and discrimination are unacceptable. Our media company maintains a zero-tolerance policy for any form of harassment, including but not limited to discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment.

9. Conflict of Interest:

  • Editorial employees are expected to avoid situations that could lead to conflicts of interest, particularly those that may compromise the objectivity of their work. When such conflicts arise, they should be promptly disclosed to supervisors.

10. Editorial Independence:

  • The editorial department should remain separate from the business and advertising functions of the company to ensure independence in editorial decision-making.

11. Accountability and Corrections:

  • Our media company takes responsibility for its content. Editorial employees should promptly correct any factual errors, misleading information, or inaccuracies in their reporting, and clearly communicate the corrections to the audience.

12. Social Media and Personal Expression:

  • Editorial employees should exercise caution and responsibility when using social media, ensuring that their personal statements do not compromise the company’s reputation for fairness, objectivity, and impartiality.

13. Confidentiality:

  • Sensitive and confidential information related to our media company or sources must be handled with utmost care. Editorial employees should not disclose such information without proper authorisation.

14. Compliance with Laws and Regulations:

  • Editorial employees are required to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in their reporting and editorial activities.

15. Reporting Violations:

  • Any breach of this code of conduct should be reported to the appropriate supervisor, editor, or designated authority for investigation and resolution.

16. Gifts and Bribes:

  • Editorial employees must not solicit or accept gifts of any kind outside the normal scope of business hospitality. Bribes are to be promptly rejected, and management must be immediately notified of any inappropriate offers and proposals.

By adhering to this code of conduct, our editorial employees contribute to the maintenance of a high standard of journalism, ethics, and professionalism within Back Cover Media.

This code of conduct serves as a guiding framework for the ethical and responsible conduct expected from our editorial employees. Violations of this code may lead to appropriate disciplinary actions.