(This represents a synthesis of World Bride Magazine policies and is not meant to be comprehensive.)
These policies are meant to be a guide for World Bride Magazine editors and writers as we deliver content and information in a rapidly changing media environment. We consider these guidelines to be a “living document” that we will continually adjusting and update based on feedback from our editors and writers, from our readers and from our perceptions of our ever changing needs. Because the circumstances under which information is obtained and reported vary widely from one case to the next, these guidelines should not be accepted or understood as establishing hard and hard fast rules or as covering every situation that might arise.
Conflict of interest
This editorial is committed to avoiding conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest wherever and whenever possible. We have made a conscious decision about our policies on these issues that govern our business ethics. This extends In the following areas:
We pay our own way.
World Bride Magazine (WBM) does accept no gifts from news sources. We accept no free trips. We neither seek nor accept preferential treatment that might be rendered because of the positions we hold. Exceptions to the no-gift rule are few and obvious — invitations to meals, for example, may be accepted when they are occasional and innocent but not when they are repeated and their purpose is deliberately calculating.
Writers and editors of World Bride Magazine are committed to fairness. Our goal is to make sure all stories are accurate and facts takes presidents.
The World Bride Magazine respects everyone’s version of taste and decency, understanding that society’s vision of taste and decency are constantly changing.
Review: A professional critic’s assessment of a service, product, performance, or artistic or literary work.
When using networks such as Facebook, Twitter, etc., for reporting or for our personal lives, we must protect our professional integrity and remember: World Bride Magazine editors and writers and editors have separate accounts for their personal page and their personal views are not a reflection of WBM.
Social media accounts maintained by World Bride Magazine writers and editors are a reflect and the reputation and credibility of our media platform. Even as we express ourselves in more personal and informal ways to forge better connections with our readers, we must be ever mindful of preserving the reputation of World Bride Magazine for editorial excellence, fairness and independence. Every comment or link we share should be considered public information, regardless of privacy settings.
Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything — including photographs or video — that could objectively be perceived as reflecting racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism.
A journalist’s role
Although it has become increasingly difficult in our age of the Internet for writers, editors, and reporters to remain a part of our audience of readers and be committed to provide engaging and accurate information to our readers with the content we create.
We verify and fact-check by the high standards set since the founding of the publication.
Corrections are made as need. Please feel free to submit any errors or concerns you may see on our platforms.
Verification and fact-checking standards
World Bride Magazine writers, and editors have primary responsibility for creating content based on first hand reporting and having our writers fact-check all their stories. Stories are subject to review by a few of our copy editors, two other editors. WBM has a multilevel structure for the review and editing of stories that may include fact-checking. These include assignment editors (department heads, our editorial director and assistant editors) who work with each writer on the story. Concepts are based on our editorial calendar created by the team.
The World Bride Magazine goal is very flexible accurate and complete news report. We endeavor to be promptly responsive in correcting errors in material published on digital platforms and in print.
If we are substantively correcting an article, photo caption, headline, graphic, video or other material, we should promptly publish a correction explaining the change.
A correction that calls into question the entire substance of an article, raises a significant ethical matter or addresses whether an article did not meet our standards, may require an editor’s note and be followed by an explanation of what is at issue. A senior editor must approve the addition of an editor’s note to a story.
Other corrections policies
- When an error is found by a reader and posted to the comment stream, the audience engagement team should indicate in comments that it has been corrected.
- If we have sent out incorrect information in an alert, we should send out an alert informing people that the news reported in the earlier alert was wrong and give readers the accurate information.
- When we publish erroneous information on social networks, we should correct it on that platform.
- We do not attribute blame to individual reporters or editors (e.g. “because of a reporting error” or “because of an editing error”). But we may note that an error was the result of a production problem or because incorrect information came to us from a trusted source (wire services, individuals quoted, etc.).
Policy on sources
The World Bride Magazine is committed to disclosing to its readers the sources of the information in its stories to the maximum possible extent. We want to make our reporting as transparent to the readers as possible so they may know how and where we got our information. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish.
Dealing with sources
We strive to treat sources fairly. When seeking comment from people who are the subject of a story, we give them a reasonable opportunity to respond to us. This means not calling at the last minute before deadline if we have any choice about timing.
We do not promise sources that we will refrain from additional reporting or efforts to verify the information they may give us.
We do not fool or mislead sources. When identifying ourselves, we say we are writers for World Bride Magazine. Our reporting should be honorable; we should be prepared to explain publicly anything we do to get a story.
Diversity is at the core of World Bride Magazine editors and writers. Accurately reporting stories from the United States and around the world means engaging a variety of voices as interviewees and first-person writers, striving for a staff that reflects a range of backgrounds and life experiences, and seeking feedback from all who would give it.