Editorial Policy

The Wire takes an independent approach to current issues.

We offer critical coverage, which challenges all points of view, puts issues and events in context and always asks ‘why?’

Accuracy and clarity

1. Ensure that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion.

2. Provide a correction or other adequate remedial action if published material is significantly inaccurate or misleading.

Fairness and balance

3. Ensure that factual material is presented with reasonable fairness and balance, and that writers’ expressions of opinion are not based on significantly inaccurate factual material or omission of key facts.

4. Ensure that where material refers adversely to a person, a fair opportunity is given for subsequent publication of a reply if that is reasonably necessary to address a possible breach of General Principle 3.

Privacy and avoidance of harm

5. Avoid intruding on a person’s reasonable expectations of privacy, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

6. Avoid causing or contributing materially to substantial offence, distress or prejudice, or a substantial risk to health or safety, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

7. Avoid and or be sensitive to the representation of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and take cultural considerations into account when reporting on indigenous issues.

Integrity and transparency

7. Avoid publishing material which has been gathered by deceptive or unfair means, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

8. Ensure that conflicts of interests are avoided or adequately disclosed, and that they do not influence published material.

9. Abide by the Community Radio Codes of Practice.

The Wire Aims:

1. Add to public awareness and understanding of important issues by contributing new and useful information, analysis and comment.

2. Cover a range of issues for a national audience: local, regional, state, national and Indigenous.

3. Draw ideas and information as far as possible from communities, organisations, and individuals directly involved in social action or directly affected by policies, decisions or proposals, in the spirit of the community broadcasting sector.

4. Concentrate on developments in areas such as social justice, national politics, global politics, the environment and education.

5. Prioritise the voices of people under-represented in social decision-making, including women, Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, people on low incomes and community members affected by decisions.

6. Question and challenge the views of those with economic, social and political power, including representatives of government, corporations and authorities, as well as conventional wisdom.

7. Concentrate on issues and events, rather than personalities and partisan politics, avoiding stories that are merely superficial or sensational.

8. Translate and demystify language.

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