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These policies guide our journalism as we deliver news and information in a rapidly changing media environment. These guidelines are dynamic; we will continually modify and update based on feedback from our journalists, readers and staff. Because the circumstances under which information is obtained and reported vary widely from one case to the next, these guidelines should not be understood as establishing hard and fast rules or as covering every situation that might arise.
Conflict of Interest
Public News Service pledges to avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest wherever and whenever possible. We avoid actions that could compromise or seem to compromise our ability to report and edit fairly.
We cover critical issues that receive too little coverage, lifting up often marginalized voices and making greater journalistic breadth available to broadcasters and publishers on any platform. Our funding comes from grants, gifts and memberships. Contributors include individuals, non-profits, NGOs and media outlets. Additional funding comes from a licensing contract with Soundbite Services.
As all news outlets, we recognize the possibility that those who fund any medium may seek to influence its content. Therefore, we have instituted policies to ensure that our practices and content conform to commonly-held journalistic standards. As with any other objective news medium, there is a wall between the news and fundraising functions. All contributors are given the explicit understanding that editorial content and control is entirely under the authority of our editorial staff. We do not accept payment, contributions, honoraria or expenses from any governmental or political source. Nor may any journalist or editor accept payment from any source being covered.
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Reporters and editors of Public News Service are committed to fairness. We will not omit facts of major importance or significance. While objectivity is the goal, we acknowledge that we are all biased in ways we do not consciously recognize, and appreciate critical feedback.
We will not undermine significant facts with irrelevant information. Relevance is essential to fairness.
We will not intentionally or unintentionally mislead or even deceive the reader. Honesty is essential to fairness.
We strive to explore issues in ways that provide clarity rather than "he said/she said" journalism. We will not publish a story without giving the opportunity for individuals or organizations covered in the story to address assertions or claims about them made by others. Diligently seeking a comment and taking that comment genuinely into account is essential to fairness.
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If editors decide that content containing potentially offensive material has a legitimate news value, editors should use visual and/or text warnings about such material. For example, if a politician uses an obscene word or phrase, we will note in the footnote of the story that we don't condone the language, but we felt it was necessary to report.
Finally, we do not link to sites that aid or abet illegal activity.
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In gathering news, journalists will not misrepresent their identity or their occupation. They will not portray themselves as anything other than journalists. Our role is to report the news, not become the news.
Our journalists engage with the communities they cover, readers and commenters, as well as leaders, experts and advocates working on the issues we cover, and the media outlets using our content.
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