Ethics Policy

NEA Report was founded as an independent news outlet capable of challenging our civic leaders and bodies in a more adversarial form of journalism than has been traditionally employed in this region. However, we must also hold ourselves to the high standard we ask of others. If a journalist makes a mistake in a story published on NEA Report, he or she has the immediate duty to correct it as hastily as possible, including after hours.

Reporters do not accept gifts of value from news sources, payment from subjects of news stories for preferential treatment, or payment in any form to promote untruths or misleading information.

In instances where we are paid to advertise or promote a product, we always denote that it is an advertisement. Further, we commit to never allow misleading or false advertisements to be used on our platform.

NEA Report is committed to tasteful journalism. Although that is a more challenging goal than ever to reach, we listen and respect differing opinions made in comments and try to adjust and adapt in the most satisfying way to our audience. If we must publish offensive or graphic content, NEA Report will include a warning for graphic content at least once before the material is shown (usually several times).

Profanities and obscenities are forbidden in news stories except when a quote is being relayed. Because of the protective nature of censoring offensive statements made by others, we believe it is important to leave all quotes untouched and uncensored. Our broadcasts will also not censor profane words under this precise philosophy. While our broadcasters will avoid using profanities except when absolutely necessary (even in quotes), it is important to hear what is said with as little interference as possible. In many cases, context or tone say more than a mere word can and that can be lost with unnecessary timidity through censorship.

We do not link to illicit, illegal, or misleading (fake news) websites.

If we publish opinion work, we will clearly label it as an opinion.

Employees and reporters are allowed to have personal lives, opinions, and perspectives but we must try to remain respectful at all times and know when a conversation is pointless to continue if only for our own credibility.