Ethics and Guidelines
As a part of ION DIGITAL LTD, ionnews.mu and ION NEWS digital platforms adhere to the following Editorial Ethics & Guidelines:
ION NEWS has evolved and will continue to evolve as it builds a portfolio of modern editorial networks and partners across multiple mediums driving the future of journalism and entertainment. However, our commitment to the core values of integrity and passion will never change.
We believe in working with talented people, the judgment of our staff, and the transcendent importance of serving the interests of our audiences. Through our editorial guidelines we aim to give our teams clear guidance about what to avoid and the public knowledge of what to expect.
Simultaneously, we recognise the impossibility of reducing the complexity of real life to a simple checklist or rulebook and encourage conversation and dialogue with colleagues and supervisors about concrete situations as superior to trying to craft an ethics policy that would address every conceivable dilemma.
As the needs of our newsrooms and audiences change, our guidelines will adapt in kind to ensure that ION’s work is always deserving of our audiences’ trust.
Advertising and Revenue Partnerships
ION NEWS is home to editorial networks and the businesses that enable them. In no case, however, do these efforts interfere with the integrity of our editorial teams or the content they create.
This includes ION NEWS and ION LABS’ divisions responsible for selling advertising and editorial sponsorships on our properties; advertising across the publisher-led marketplace.
Advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of ION DIGITAL or our editorial teams.
Conflicts of Interest, Activism and Disclosures
ION NEWS’ newsroom has complete editorial independence and our editorial staff and contributors take their beats seriously. Any editorial team member or contributors will be recused from a story and/or publicly disclose conflicts of interest when editorially appropriate. This may include a personal or family relationship, personal financial investment, or relevant political activity. Our staff will also refrain from demonstrating or donating to causes that could compromise their journalistic coverage of an issue.
Corrections, Updates and Deletions
ION NEWS makes every effort for content to be completely accurate upon publication. If a correction is required, however, we are transparent and update a story if new information either adds to or invalidates the original story. We will issue corrections for a factual error or if a typo in the copy could cause audiences to misunderstand the story.
We almost always leave all editorial content live, with notes and corrections as needed. We may, in rare instances, remove content from our websites, social media pages, or related platforms for legal reasons or extenuating circumstances. Removal will never be at the direction of, or be influenced by, our advertisers and will always be approved by editorial leadership.
Some ION NEWS editorial networks accept financial contributions from individual audience members and funding from organisations. However, this financial support does not affect editorial independence.
Gifts and Giveaways
We do not accept gifts or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavourable. Any gifts accepted will be of minor value and in no way compromises or guarantees editorial coverage of the event, product, or service.
Occasionally, ION NEWS will conduct contests and giveaways for our audiences. We will post rules for each contest and giveaway that will be binding for those who decide to participate.
While giveaways or contests may be sponsored by an advertiser or partner, they are not, and should never be, considered endorsements of the entities involved or their products.
ION DIGITAL hires our editorial employees for their strong, expert voices, and values their ability to build positive communities and influence on our platforms and their own. We implore all staff to wield their tool/voice with extra care. Behaviour on social media is a reflection of both one’s personal and professional self and, as a voice of ION DIGITAL and our editorial networks, we expect social posts to apply the same journalistic integrity required in our editorial content.
Note: our editorial guidelines leave no room for indulging harassment on social media. All ION DIGITAL employees are encouraged to access and review our protocol for reporting online abuse.
ION NEWS obtains news and content from a variety of sources. Some of our sources do not wish to be named, and we grant anonymity when we know our sources to be credible and reliable, and that their story would otherwise not be told. We make best efforts to confirm the veracity of the information provided by anonymous sources and will not include any information we have not thoroughly vetted. It is our policy not to pay sources.
ION DIGITAL Values
Our values remain our cornerstones at all times. In an industry that is constantly evolving, we will thrive on change and innovate to improve. We will always hold ourselves and our teammates to high standards and build an environment that cultivates passion, benefits collaboration, and respects all voices and identities.
We believe it’s a moral and business imperative to cultivate diversity. Seek new perspectives. Be inclusive in your work and your behaviour.
We are ambitious, unapologetically. Embrace your competitive spirit and desire to excel when it counts. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Be resourceful. Make things happen.
We are inspired by and trust in the people with whom we work. We grow stronger through shared knowledge, resources, and common goals. Work together to make ION DIGITAL better.
We hold ourselves accountable and hold our teammates to high standards. It takes effort and clear priorities to make quality happen. Ask for help when you need it. Provide help when asked.
We move quickly to innovate. We take informed risks, learn from our experiments, and talk honestly about our actions. Iterate to improve.
Thrive on change
We stay agile amidst the changing media and tech landscape. Be flexible, fail fast, and keep improving. Don’t fear change — embrace it.