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Editorial Guidelines

TJI seeks to provide reliable and engaging content to our readers. We have developed editorial guidelines to serve as a framework for maintaining high journalistic standards, ensuring accuracy, fairness, and transparency. These guidelines apply to all contributors.

The guidelines have been developed in accordance with the General Principles of the Australian Press Council.

Objectivity and Fairness:

  1. Accuracy: Ensure the accuracy of all information presented in articles. Fact-checking and verification of sources are crucial.
  2. Balance: Present a balanced view by including diverse perspectives and opinions. Strive to avoid bias and favoritism.
  3. Separation of Opinion and News: Clearly distinguish between news articles and opinion pieces. Label opinion pieces to appropriately avoid confusion for readers.

Integrity and Ethics:

  1. Plagiarism and Attribution: Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Always provide proper attribution for quotes, references, and sources.
  2. Conflicts of Interest: Disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could compromise the integrity or objectivity of an article. Avoid reporting on topics where such conflicts may exist.
  3. Sponsored Content: Clearly label and distinguish sponsored or advertorial content to maintain transparency with readers.
  4. Corrections and Updates: Promptly correct any factual errors identified in published articles. Clearly indicate the corrections made and the date of the update.

Writing Style and Tone:

  1. Clarity: Use clear and concise language to ensure ease of understanding for readers of all backgrounds.
  2. Tone: Maintain a respectful and civil tone in all articles. Avoid personal attacks, offensive language, or discriminatory remarks.
  3. Sensationalism and Clickbait: Avoid sensationalism or misleading headlines that may compromise the accuracy or credibility of the content.

Privacy and Confidentiality:

  1. Privacy: Respect the privacy of individuals, adhering to relevant laws and regulations. Obtain necessary permissions before publishing any personal or sensitive information.
  2. Anonymity and Confidential Sources: Protect the identity and confidentiality of anonymous sources, ensuring their safety and trust. Use anonymous sources sparingly and provide as much context as possible.

Editorial Independence:

  1. Editorial Autonomy: Maintain editorial independence and avoid undue influence from partner organisations and other external parties.
  2. Political Neutrality: Avoid endorsing or promoting specific political parties or candidates.

Community Guidelines (social media):

  1. Comments and User Contributions: Monitor user comments and contributions to ensure they comply with our community guidelines. Remove any inappropriate or offensive content promptly.
  2. Respectful Engagement: Encourage respectful and constructive discussions among readers. Promote tolerance, diversity, and open dialogue.

These editorial guidelines form the foundation of our commitment to delivering reliable, accurate, and insightful content to our readers. By adhering to these guidelines, we maintain the trust and credibility that our audience expects from us. Our collective efforts in upholding these principles will ensure that TJI remains a respected source of news and opinion.

The Jewish Independent acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and strive to honour their rich history of storytelling in our work and mission.

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