Murray Bridge News editorial policy
Last updated on May 20, 2022.
Murray Bridge News aims to:
Create community by sharing local stories
Empower people to engage with community groups, events and opportunities
Be positive about our region and its future
Be local: collaborate with and advocate for local people, and be present in the community
Guarantee a local news service that is ethical, accessible and sustainable
Murray Bridge News will prefer local stories, sources and angles to others. Murray Bridge News will contribute to Murray Bridge’s development into a prouder, more engaged, more welcoming, more sustainable and more equal community. Murray Bridge News will be accessible and visible to local people wherever possible.
Murray Bridge News is committed to ethical journalism, as detailed in the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s code of ethics. This includes a commitment to honesty, accuracy, fairness and disclosure of relevant information; emphasising a person’s characteristics only when relevant; attributing information to its source wherever possible; disclosing conflicts of interest; using fair, honest and responsible means to obtain information; not plagiarising; respecting people’s right to privacy; and correcting factual errors.
Murray Bridge News publishes a mix of stories which are free to all and those which are accessible only to paying subscribers. Articles will generally be accessible to all if they have been supplied in a substantially complete form, or if they concern:
public health and safety
charitable causes, fundraisers, or help for people who are unlikely to be able to afford a subscription (community causes), or
public sentiments to be expressed to decision-makers (advocacy)
Stories may also be brought out from behind the paywall at the discretion of the managing editor. All paywalled stories will be made available to the public four weeks after publication.
The name of an article’s creator or collator, and credits for photos or images, will be attached to each article, photo or image. Articles which are sponsored by third parties will be labelled accordingly.
Story ideas or angles may or may not be pursued at Murray Bridge News’ discretion, with regard to available resources and the news values of impact, proximity, timeliness, currency, conflict, prominence and abnormality. Advertising clients will not be permitted to influence editorial decision-making.
Sources will not typically be permitted to preview stories before publication. However, upon request, Murray Bridge News will give a verbal run-down of what a source has been quoted as saying, to guard against factual errors.
Corrections, clarifications and disclosures
Corrections, clarifications and disclosures of any actual or perceived conflicts of interest will be included at the bottom of the relevant story. For more information, see Murray Bridge News’ complaints policy.