To help foster the relationship between the Editorial Board of The New Critic, the publication’s contributors and the University of Western Australia, this Code of Practice (‘the Code’) has been established.
The Code is intended to outline the fundamental principles to which The New Critic is committed. The Code reflects, but is not limited by the the Media Alliance Code of Ethics Statement.
- In assessing a proposed submission to The New Critic the Editorial Board will give dominant consideration to perceived silences in current intellectual debate in Western Australia
- In making this determination The New Critic Editorial Board will give consideration to these guidelines:
- The New Critic should not publish what is known, or could reasonably be known, to be false. A writers’ failure to take reasonable steps to check the accuracy of what they write will result in the non-publication of that article;
- The New Critic will make amends for publishing information that is found to be harmfully inaccurate by printing, promptly and with appropriate prominence, a correction, explanation or apology as is deemed appropriate by the Editorial Board;
- The right to privacy should not prevent publication of matters of public record or obvious, significant public interest. Rumor and unconfirmed reports, if published at all, should be identified as such;
- Information obtained by virtue of a breach of confidence will not be published where it known, or ought reasonably to be known to be such;
- A writer is justified in strongly advocating their own views on controversial topics provided that readers are treated fairly by:
- The clear distinguishing of fact and opinion;
- Not misrepresenting or suppressing relevant facts;
- Not distorting the facts in text, headlines, pictures; and
- Disclosing any commercial or other interest which might be construed as influencing The New Critic’s presentation of news or opinion;
- Where publication of material (in particular photographs) could reasonably be expected to cause offence, public interest should be the criterion explained (where appropriate) editorially;
- The New Critic articles should not place any gratuitous emphasis on the race, religion or nationality, country of origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, illness, or age of an individual or group; and
- Where individuals or groups are singled out for criticism, The New Critic should ensure fairness and balance in the original article. Failing that, it should provide a reasonable and swift opportunity for a balancing response in the appropriate section of the publication.
- Plagiarism, whether in part or whole, will not be tolerated by The New Critic.
- The New Critic is subject to the Copyright Act 1968. All submissions must be original and previously unpublished.  The New Critic will not publish advertisements that in any way undermine the accuracy, fairness or independence of its reporting.