In an effort to maintain transparency, OneTankMedia is posting the guidelines that we have established and chosen to follow in our news gathering.
- Avoid spreading inaccurate information through articles and social media posts. Remember, it is up to our news bureau to verify all information.
- Always double-check spelling and grammar in anything associated with OneTankMedia. AP style format must be used.
- Transparency: Always name the original source.
- When taking images and videos, do not over edit or tweak the images to the point it is looks drastically unrealistic or could cause misconception.
- Remain objective when describing locations, attractions, etc that are highlighted.
- Social media outlets are public spaces. Any social media user has the opportunity to consume information.
- Professional and personal lives can overlap online. Tread with caution. Under no circumstances should the reporter’s personal social media accounts be linked with OneTankMedia social media accounts.
- We tend to be more “bold” when personally posting online. Remember accuracy and do not be inappropriate.
- Be able to explain everything posted to the news organization’s social media sites professionally.
- Avoid excessive posting on social media sites, except for Snapchat.
- Remain consistent, representing our brand in a professional, uniform way.
- Social media is never private, so don’t discredit OneTankMedia by giving out false information.
- Identify yourself as a One Tank Media student journalist from the University of North Florida.
- Always remain objective.
- Understand that anything posted online, regardless of personal views, is a representation of OneTankMedia.
- Do not make promises regarding content to be published.
- Treat those you encounter with fairness, honesty and courtesy.
- Respect other people’s opinions.
- Welcome feedback and interactions from readers and viewers.