Welcome to the Stories Well Told community
Stories Well Told believes in the power of community and welcomes all contributions with open arms. BUT storytelling is meant to be fun so the following guidelines will help us all get along nicely!
Things that make Stories Well Told fun:
- Creating, reading, and sharing cool stories about amazing people and places. Please contribute as many as you would like to and we will provide all our wisdom free of charge.
- Inviting family and friends to create or read stories with you because the more the merrier.
- Commenting on or sharing stories you create or admire because the power of publishing is now in everyone’s hands.
- Being kind and respectful because it’s nice to be nice.
- Educating and empowering as many people as possible and growing our community of exceptional storytellers.
Things that make Stories Well Told un-fun:
- Using racist, obscene, derogatory, sexist, or hateful language. Banned!
- Posting stories that aren’t yours. That’s cheating and all our reputations will suffer.
- Giving out personal information about yourself or others without their permission will get us into trouble!
A few other things:
- Use comments to celebrate someone’s work—not draw attention to yours
- We require real names: they help us maintain a transparent forum. We will delete comments made under aliases.
- Use tags and summaries to describe your story—not SPAM the system.
- Be kind with your comments. If you bully or threaten people your stories will be removed.
- Don’t include commercials, product marketing, SPAM, etc. in your stories.
- Don’t include violent or sexually explicit content in your stories – we just won’t publish it.
- Don’t use Stories Well Told for religious or political expression – we are not a soapbox.
- Don’t contribute anything that may put us or you in legal jeopardy – nothing defamatory, nothing in breach of copyright.
- We reserve the right to remove comments that breach our standards and replies to deleted comments may themselves be deleted. While we won’t discuss our moderation process if you need to discuss anything, contact email@example.com
- And finally we reserve the right to not publish any stories that do not comply with our guidelines or after working collaboratively with the contributor meet our minimum standards.
- Stories Well Told gives you a chance to have your work viewed and appreciated by a wide audience.
- Your work may fall into any category of photography. From science to sports to fashion to art to photojournalism to natural history. Just no violent or sexually explicit content please.
- Photographers are notorious for not following the rules and not reading instructions. I know this, because I am one of you!! However in this case, if you do not follow our basic guidelines, your work just will not be seen. So take the time to do this right. If you care about your work, care enough for a clean presentation to any editor.
- Edit tight, make your work easy for us to see and include a short explanatory text.
- We expect that the welfare of people, animals, and their environments take precedence over photography. In other words, don’t harm or manipulate the subject or its environment for the sake of creating an image.
- Any content that violates our Community Guidelines will be removed from the site. This includes pornography, sexually explicit content, hate speech, and copyright violations. Your assistance in notifying us of photos or profiles that may violate the Terms of Service is appreciated.
Editorial Charter and Code of Ethics
Our mission is to create real, compelling journalism for a local, national and global audience that tells the ongoing story of the communities and the people and places within them.
To achieve this, Stories Well Tod will adhere to the following Editorial Charter:
Stories Well Told will promote and provide honest and accurate journalism and will be transparent in all its stories and reporting.
We will commission and publish stories based on their editorial merit in meeting the mission of Stories Well Told.
Stories Well Told will partner with all communities and media to tell those untold community stories that shape who we are and in the process will spearhead and share best practices in digital media, including social media and innovative ways of reporting and storytelling.
Stories Well Told will empower a variety of voices and will help to educate talented aspiring journalists and digital as well as providing a platform for established photographers, videographers and factual storytellers to publish their stories.
This mission drives the values and guidelines set out in our code of ethics, which borrows generously from the policies set by other news organisations.
Circumstances may require exceptions to these rules. As our industry and the technology surrounding it evolves, we will continue to revise this code.
Our model of journalism may be new and innovative, but our commitment to journalistic ethics is not:
Accuracy and Attribution
- Our reporting on all platforms will be truthful, transparent and respectful; our facts will be accurate, complete and fairly presented. Our analysis will represent our best independent judgment, not our preferences or those of our sources. There will be no hidden agendas in our endeavours.
- When we make a mistake we will work quickly to fully address the error, correcting it within the story, detailing the error on the story page. If you find an error, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- We will not republish stories, images or other content from outside sources without permission and credit. Plagiarism, fabrication and misappropriation of intellectual property are issues we take seriously.
- Our photo editors and video producers may improve the technical quality of photos and video or audio recordings, but may not alter the substance of that media. All photo illustrations, graphics or animations will be clearly labeled as such.
- Stories Well Told believes in the free flow of information. You can republish our articles for free, online or in print. We have no paywall so unless otherwise noted, you can republish our articles online or in print for free. You just have to credit us and link to us, and you can’t edit our material or sell it separately.
- Using the “republish” button that accompanies every article is the easiest way to meet our guidelines, which are as follows.
Republishing guidelines, for print and online
- Unless you have express permission from the author, you can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. (For example, “yesterday” can be changed to “last week,” and “Adelaide, SA.” to “Canberra” or “here”). If you need to materially edit our content, please contact our editor at Katrina@storieswelltold.com.au
- You have to credit us and our contributors – ideally in the byline. We prefer “Author Name and our logo (which is provided at the end of this document) with a link back to either our homepage or the specific URL on our website.
- If space is tight, you can run the first few lines of the article and then say: “Read the full article at Stories Well Told” with a link back to the article page on our site.
- If you’re republishing online, you must use our page view counter, link to us, and include links from our story. Our page view counter is a small pixel-ping image (invisible to the eye) that allows us to know when our content is republished, and gives our authors sense of the size of audience and which publications they’re reaching. It is a condition of our guidelines that you include our counter. If you use the “republish” button that accompanies each article then you’ll capture our page counter.
- It’s OK to put our articles on pages with ads, but you can’t sell our material separately.
- You have to confirm that you’re licensed to republish images in our articles. Some sources don’t allow their images to be republished without permission.
- You can republish individual articles, but you can’t systematically republish all of our articles. If that’s your aim, please contact our editor at Katrina@storieswelltold.com.au
- Our articles are licensed under Creative Commons — Attribution/No derivatives, which explain the legal details. If you have questions, contact our editor at Katrina@storieswelltold.com.au
Linking and frames
- We appreciate referrals, mentions and links to our site, specific articles and storytellers.
- You may link to the home page of Stories Well Told as long as the link does not cast us in a false or misleading light. Same goes for our logo.
- You may not frame the content of our site.
- Here is our home page link: www.storieswelltold.com.au
- And here is our logo:
Links to other websites
Stories Well Told may contain links to other websites that we think may be of interest to you. We have no control over these other sites or their content. You should be aware when you leave Stories Well Told for another site, and remember that other sites are governed by their own user agreements and privacy policies, which you should read.
- We will try our best to identify all of our sources, granting individuals anonymity only when the information is critical to the story, we are certain the source is reliable and there is no other way to obtain the information. We will not say that a person declined comment if they are already quoted anonymously. As much as possible, we will identify in our reporting any bias we know our sources have. Anonymous sources should know that the reporter will share their identity with a senior editor, who will also keep that information confidential.
- Our journalists will never misrepresent themselves or mislead a source to get an interview or a story, and they will always identify themselves as journalists. They do not use hidden cameras or microphones, go undercover or pay for interviews.
- Multiple efforts will be made to contact the primary subjects and sources of criticism in our stories.
Impartiality and Conflicts of Interest
- Stories Well Told will cover all stories we deem newsworthy. Editorial decisions are made by journalists alone.
- Those who contribute to Stories Well Told do so with the understanding that we are only beholden to great community journalism.
- Our reporters play no role in cultivating financial relationships with sponsors.
- Stories Well Told editors work with other divisions — including marketing, sponsorship and development — to help support, promote and enhance editorial efforts. From time to time, editorial employees may promote Stories Well Told membership drives or fundraising initiatives on their personal social media profiles or be featured in marketing materials. They do this at their own discretion and are under no obligation to do so.
- Editorial employees may moderate panels or speak at events underwritten by corporate sponsors, so long as their role is purely journalistic; sponsors do not determine the panelists, the subject matter or the line of questioning. Stories Well Told journalists may speak at events hosted by other companies or institutions.
- Stories Well Told employees, contractors and interns will not accept any gift with more than a nominal value from any company, individual or institution that might wish to influence the publication of a story.
Sponsorships and Advertising
- Stories Well Told accepts corporate sponsorships, underwriting and, within permissible limits, advertising that does not compromise its editorial integrity. All such support, including future “sponsored content,” must be clearly and obviously distinguished from editorial content. Any sponsor or advertiser messages that contain false or unlawful content, or that we believe undermines our integrity, mission or brand, may be removed at our discretion.