OctagonReport.com Editorial Ethics & Guidelines
OctagonReports.com’s portfolio of modern editorial networks and partners across multiple mediums are driving the future of journalism and entertainment.
We believe in working with talented people, the judgment of our staff, the transcendent importance of serving the interests of our audiences, and a commitment to integrity and passion. Through the OctagonReport.com editorial guidelines, we aim to give our teams clear guidance about what to avoid and the public knowledge of what to expect.
Simultaneously, we recognize 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 to ensure that OctagonReport.com’s work is always deserving of our audiences’ trust.
Advertising and Revenue Partnerships
OctagonReport.com is home to editorial networks and the business teams that enable them. In no case, however, do the efforts of these business teams interfere with the integrity of our editorial teams or the content they create.
These business teams include OctagonReport.com divisions responsible for selling advertising and editorial sponsorships on our properties and advertising across the publisher-led marketplace. Our Media Sales team nor our sponsors have any influence over our editorial teams nor over any of the editorial content our editorial teams create.
To the extent that editorial content is made possible through the support of sponsors, that content is clearly marked on the OctagonReport.com website and social media accounts as content “Presented by” the applicable sponsor, and within our podcasts that content is accompanied by a similar verbal designation. In these cases, our sponsors may select which content they wish to support, however we do not allow our Media Sales team, Creative, or our sponsors to control or interfere with the editorial integrity of our editorial teams and the content they create. Any content featured on OctagonReport.com website and social media account that is paid for by a particular company or advertiser and that is developed by the Media Sales teams and Creative independent from our editorial teams is clearly marked as “Advertiser Content”, and within our podcasts that content is accompanied by a similar verbal designation.
Some of our content contains affiliate links, which means we will receive a commission for purchases made via those links; when our editorial or commerce teams have manually added affiliate links to our articles, we will include a disclosure within the content.
Advertisements do not reflect the views of OctagonReport.com or our editorial teams.
Conflicts of Interest, Activism and Disclosures
OctagonReport.com newsrooms have complete editorial independence and our editorial staff and contributors take their beats seriously. In some instances, their reporting may involve or include a personal or family relationship, personal financial investment, or relevant political activity. Any editorial team member or contributors will be recused from a story and/or publicly disclose conflicts of interest. Our editorial staff will also refrain from demonstrating or donating to causes that could compromise their journalistic coverage of an issue.
Our investors do not influence our reporting and do not have any involvement with our internal reporting process.
Corrections, Updates and Deletions
OctagonReport.com makes every effort for content to be completely accurate upon publication. If a correction is required, however, we are transparent and will update a story if new information either adds to or corrects an aspect of 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. We will note that we do so with an editorial note in those very rare circumstances. Removal will never be at the direction of, or be influenced by, our advertisers and will always be approved by editorial leadership.
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 unfavorable. Any gifts accepted by our editorial teams will be of nominal value and in no way compromises or guarantees editorial coverage of the event, product, or service.
OctagonReport.com 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. Because editorial staff’s roles or affiliation with OctagonReport.com on social platforms also means that they are seen as representing OctagonReport.com in those spaces, we ask all editorial staff to wield their voices with extra care, particularly when commenting on topics they cover. Behavior on social media is a reflection of both one’s personal and professional self and, as a voice of OctagonReport.com and our editorial networks, we ask our editorial teams to apply the same journalistic integrity required in our editorial content when posting on social media, and to be conscious of their role within OctagonReport.com and how their social posts could impact their work, the work of others, and OctagonReport.com as whole.
Note: Our editorial guidelines leave no room for indulging harassment on social media.
OctagonReport.com 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.
OctagonReport.com 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, encourages collaboration, and respects all voices and identities.