Champion Newspapers Editorial Standards

Code of Conduct

The maintenance of high editorial standards is at the core of the Champion's business philosophy.

Champion Media Group, is a member of and is regulated by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

Our journalists work according to The Editors’ Code of Practice, which sets the benchmark for ethical standards in journalism and is enforced by IPSO. At the Champion, we recognise that protecting the rights of the individual consistently comes into conflict with the public’s right to know. This means we have to make difficult judgements, sometimes quickly, which are impossible to get right all of the time. Regular bulletins and seminars give staff the best opportunity to learn from mistakes, whether our own or those of other parts of the media industry.

Verification and fact checking

We expect our staff to use their best endeavours to verify the stories being put forward for publication.

Unnamed sources

Journalists have an obligation under IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice to protect their sources, but we also have a duty to establish that the sources we use are reliable and that material has been appropriately obtained. Story provenance is ultimately the responsibility of the Editor.

When using unnamed sources, the company relies on the integrity, experience and professionalism of its staff.

Complaints Procedure

Champion Media Group is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact the editor on 01704 392402 or email malcolm.hindle@champnews.com.

If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk.

Diversity Statement

Champion Newspapers is committed to encouraging diversity throughout its workforce. Our mission is to publish market-leading newspapers which reflect the views of the communities they serve.

To that end, our diversity programme encourages a workforce that reflects local demographics and provides equality and fairness for all who work for us.

We are committed to:
• Encouraging diversity throughout our business
• Upholding our equal opportunities policies

For further information relating to diversity within Champion Newspapers, please contact HR, on 01704 392355 or by e-mail personnel@champnews.com.