| General Policy |
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Statement | Editorial Policy | Advertising
Policy | Classified Policy | Budget
| Position Descriptions | Ethical
The Voice Magazine is a communication
vehicle for the students of Athabasca University. We endeavour to provide current, factual, and pertinent,
information in an easily digestible format. We maintain an open policy and invite student participation.
The Voice will inform students of University
The Voice will inform students of AUSU
services and programs
The Voice will represent
the students' point
The Voice will focus on issues and topics
of importance to AU students
The Voice will strive to to create a
community environment among AU students
1. Political Position:
1.1 The Voice's editorial policy is one of fair and equitable
coverage. In keeping with standard journalistic ethics, The Voice does
not support or endorse
any individual politician or political party
or any individual faculty or department within the University, with the
exception of its editorial pages, which may contain
personal opinions of the authors.
1.2 The Voice is the communication tool of the
students of Athabasca University.
2.1 In designing and creating The Voice,
the editorial staff will
strive for a clean, wholesome, and professional presentation.
2.2 The Editor and writers will work in keeping
with Canadian Press Journalistic Style. The Voice
will not publish items the Editor judges
to be in poor taste,
or unsuitable for an educated, sophisticated
2.3 The Voice will strive to maximize accessibility
to all AU students, within
3. Editorial Control
3.1 The Editor will make
the final determination of suitability of the articles for
4. Editorial Page
4.1 The editorial is written by the Editor,
and reflects a position
on current issues, which are important to AU students or the
community as a whole.
4.2 Letters to the Editor are to be encouraged.
The Editor reserves the right to edit for length
and suitability to The Voice format. The Editor
will not change
the political position of the initial letter.
4.3 The address of The Voice and the Editor will
be made available on the web page. It will feature
a disclaimer indicating that the views presented
articles are those of the specific writer alone.
5. Regular Features
5.1 It is at the Editor's discretion if there are to be regular features
in The Voice. If the editor so chooses, he or she may obtain the services of
a writer specifically to write a regularly featured column.
1. Rate Card
1.1 The Editor-in-Chief will determine advertising rates for The Voice Magazine. The objective is to obtain
revenue targets set down by the annual Voice Operating Budget. Businesses and organizations
that provide a service or other benefit to AU
students may recieve free advertizing space at the discretion
of the Editor.
2.1 Frequency discounts are available to those clients who commit to advertise over a pre-set period of time.
3.1 Special Promotions must have preset
boundaries, dealing with theme, advertising
sizes, and prices, as approved by the
3.2 Clients with frequency discounts
can apply those rates to additional
advertising placed in special sections,
but not to the pre-booked advertising.
4.University Advertising Contract
4.1 Advertising materials from Athabasca
University that provide information
for students are to be
exempt from charges. All other items from
AU are negotiable.
5.1 The Voice reserves
the right to deny any
explanation, at the discretion of the Editor.
6. No Charge Advertising
6.1 Public Service Announcements are accepted at the discretion
of the Editor of The Voice.
6.2 All advertisement/announcement requests must be in
writing or via email.
1.1 The Voice offers classified advertising to AU students for free. Inquire for details.
1.2 The Editor of The Voice will set the rate
for classified ads for outside entities.
2 Restrictions and Limitations
2.2 The Editor reserves the right to
refuse any advertising
1. Editor in Chief
1.1 The Editor is responsible for maintaining ethical
standards and integrity in the newspaper.
1.3 The Editor is in charge of all staff of The
1.4 The Editor will arrange for editorial copy,
assign stories, format and optimizegraphics,
and edit finished works.
2.1 Reporters will work on assignment
from the Editor when
writing articles for The Voice.
2.2 Writers will be paid
at the rate of 30.00
per article, unless working under the above
title of regular columnist.
2.3 The editor may assign a rate for assigned
articles, or for special items.
2.4 The editor may pay for photographs included
with on-location photo-journalistic articles,
at the discretion of the editor. Photos included
with regular articles and not pre-approved by the editor are not subject
3.1 The Webmaster will be responsible
for ensuring the content
of The Voice is posted in a timely manner.
3.2 The Webmaster will be responsible for layout
and design of The Voice webpage at the direction
of the Editor.
3.3 If a Webmaster is not employed by The Voice,
the tasks of the Webmaster will be carried
out by the Editor in Chief.
1. Employee and Writer Presentation
1.1 All employees of
The Voice, whether paid or volunteers, will strive to present
in a professional
1.2 The Voice
staff will be expected to be courteous and compassionate.
The Voice representatives may not use their positions to
No employee or writer of the Voice will use the
to promote their own
business or other personal interests,
with the exception of the employee
recieveing reasonable credit for work performed.
2 Staff Ethics
The Voice Staff members will not take
position by obtaining
gratuities or other favours.
Writer and Photographer Ethics
Reporters and photographers
and their right
to confidentiality, where appropriate
and within the guidelines of Canadian
Reporters and photographers
of all they report.
The Voice will support
in legal matters
aware of their intentions,
and obtain names
when applicable and reasonable.
reporters working on assignment
The Voice Magazine identification
them at all times
Any writer caught engaging in plagiarism will be dismissed and may be reported to Athabasca University for possible non-academic misconduct discipline.