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POST Editorial standards

Post Online aims to inform its readers and enrich their lives with fair, factual, original, clear reporting and interpretation of local issues. Founded in 1996 by the editorial staff of still-independent Post Newspapers Pty Ltd (founded 1977), Post Online adopts strong editorial standards that mirror those of the Australian Press Council and the Journalist Code of Ethics.

 

Fair and balanced: Post reporters must, using only fair news-gathering methods, do their utmost to gather and disclose all relevant facts on all sides of an issue before committing to publication.

Factual: Clear differentiation between fact and opinion in all reporting.

Avoidance of harm: Privacy is respected but at times it must be balanced with the public interest. Anonymous sources are used only when publication is in the public interest, in which case confidences are rigidly honoured.

Commercial influence: Commercial considerations do not influence reporting. Editorial-style advertisements are clearly identified as such.

Checks and balances: A series of formal internal pre-publication editing and checking systems are in place to ensure that stated editorial standards are maintained for each report.

 

Complaints:

Post Online’s policy is to address any complaints quickly and to rectify significant factual errors as soon as possible, preferably in the next edition.

Accepting complaints: Complaints can be made by emailing editor@postnewspapers.com.au  or via mail to the Complaints Editor, Post Online, Post Newspapers Pty Ltd., 276 Onslow Road, Shenton Park 6008 Western Australia.

 

Adjudicating complaints: Complaint/correction requests will be promptly responded to and considered by the complaints editor, who will contact the relevant journalist and assess the complaint. If, after all relevant information is to hand, the complaint is considered valid, agreement will be sought with the complainant about rectification at the earliest opportunity.

If no significant error is detected, the complaint will be rejected, and the complainant notified accordingly.

If not satisfied with the outcome, complaints can be escalated to the managing editor. This person may convene an editorial board to reconsider the complaint. If found to be valid, rapid rectification of the error is a priority.

 

Notification of outcome: complainants will be notified of the outcome of the decision by phone or email within two days of the decision.

 

Privacy

 

The POST website collects certain limited information automatically with each page view for logging and aggregated statistics. None of it is personally identifiable. That means that we don’t get your name, address, etc from the information your computer sends, and we can’t tell who is using the computer.

 

Some of this information is sent automatically by your web browser when it connects to our web site. Our website also asks your web browser to send some more information to our statistics service, Google Analytics, so we can see how long visitors stay and what they read while they’re on the POST’s site. Of course, we don’t know who you are, so we can only use this information in aggregate form as part of statistics to tell us what people do and do not read, and when.

 

Google Analytics collects the following types of information from users:

  • Type of user agent (web browser) used, software manufacture and version number.
  • Type of operating system
  • Screen colors (color processing ability of the users screen)
  • Javascript support
  • Flash version
  • Screen resolution
  • Network location and IP address
    • Can include country, city, state, region, county, or any other geographic data.
    • Hostname
    • Bandwidth (internet connection speed)
  • Time of visit
  • Pages visited
  • Time spent on each page of the website
  • Referring site statistics
    • The website (URI) the user came through in order to arrive at this website (example: clicking on a hyperlink from Yahoo.com that took the user to this website)
    • Search engine query used (example: typing in a phrase into a search engine like Google, and clicking on a link from that search engine)

 

Privacy Policy: Post Newspapers is publicly committed to observe the standards published by the Australian Press Council as the Statement of Privacy Principles.

 

Legal

 

All materials contained on this site are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published, broadcast or mirrored without the prior written permission of POST Newspapers Pty Ltd. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.

However, you may download material from this website (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, non-commercial use only.

 

Disclaimer

 

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this website, POST Newspapers Pty Ltd. accepts no liability for inaccuracies by third parties.

All material is published at the sole discretion of POST Newspapers Pty Ltd.

Inclusion of any businesses, venues, events, clubs and organisations etc in this website does not constitute an endorsement by POST Newspapers Pty Ltd. Opinions expressed in the review sections of this website are the opinions of the reviewer.

POST Newspapers Pty Ltd. accepts no liabilty for any losses or damages caused by any use of information contained in this website.

As the content of any third-party sites that may be directly linked to from this web-site is beyond our control, POST Newspapers Pty Ltd. does not accept responsibility for material accessed through these links.