Private Media journalists and contributors abide by the code of ethics developed by the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA). The code of ethics applies across all platforms, including social media.
Basic values often need interpretation and sometimes come into conflict. Ethical journalism requires conscientious decision-making in context. Only substantial advancement of the public interest or risk of substantial harm to people allows any standard to be overridden.
Employees must not request or accept inducements of money, goods, discounts or hospitality of any kind outside the normal scope of business hospitality. Only the editor or a nominee is authorised to accept offers of free or discounted hospitality such as travel and accommodation on behalf of a publication.
Corrections and clarifications
Private Media’s policy is to remove any inaccurate or defamatory material brought to our attention and publicly acknowledge and correct all our mistakes as soon as possible.
We correct mistakes in the original story on the website and then denote the change with a correction/clarification note at the bottom of the story. In some cases, we also run the correction in the comments section of the email edition the next day.
In addition, journalists have a duty to cooperate frankly and openly with the editor about any problems and to report errors to them. Freelancers are also bound by this duty.
Breaches of the code
Where a journalist or contributor is found to have breached the Private Media code a range of actions could be taken, including further training, formal performance management or termination.
Australian Press Council membership
This publication is bound by the standards of practice of the Australian Press Council If you are unsatisfied with the response to your complaint by our editorial team you may approach the council to seek resolution.
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