The GSN commitment to ethical, quality journalism

Gay Star News has made nine pledges as part of its commitment to professional, ethical reporting

The GSN commitment to ethical, quality journalism
18 January 2012

Gay Star News believes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender world needs and deserves quality journalism.

We founded GSN to provide that. And we know that quality goes hand-in-hand with an ethical, professional approach.

We’re not fooling ourselves that delivering that will be easy. It’s much simpler to repeat rumor, re-churn press releases, speculate and then give in under pressure or cover up mistakes. But we want to be better than that and we believe in the principles we are trying to stick to.

Grand statements aside, we know there will be mistakes and wrong turns. When we get it wrong, we’ll say sorry and try our best to make amends.

Our journalists each have a detailed Gay Star News ethical and legal guide as well as our house style guide which gives them further advice on how to approach stories, tone and language. We’re not going to reproduce the whole thing here (you’d be bored). But here are the key promises we’re making for you:

  • We will provide honest, accurate, ethical, balanced content.

  • We will clearly separate fact from comment.

  • We will present our content in an attractive, relevant, clear and easily digestible way in order to reach the widest possible audience.

  • We will seek to highlight important lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex stories from around the world which are currently being overlooked.

  • We will promptly rectify any harmful inaccuracies, making sure corrections and apologies are given due prominence.

  • We will not tolerate discrimination, ridicule, prejudice or hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, race, colour, creed, illegitimacy, disability, marital status or any other bigoted grounds.

  • We will protect confidential sources of information.

  • We will maintain the highest professional standards at all times and only override usual working practices when it is in the overwhelming public interest.

  • We will defend the principal of freedom of the press.

Note: These promises aren’t in order of importance!

If you need to contact an individual member of our staff, you can find a full list of GSN contacts here. Alternatively, if you have a comment on this, or anything else on Gay Star News, email us at [email protected].

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