Currents Online supports the Swedish-American business and trade network by publishing news, information and analysis. Our journalistic publications need to be both attractive and trusted in order to be efficient tools for SACC-USA. This requires editorial quality and integrity. It is not uncommon that news media and in particular trade publications face pressure from advertisers and outside interest groups to carry material that highlight special interests or point of views. It is however necessary to withstand this pressure and solely rely on journalistic principles when we plan, write and commission articles for Currents. We must protect the integrity of the online magazine and the organisation. If this code of ethics is omitted, our readers and the general public could loose trust in our integrity.
In order to explain this to our contributors, partners, advertisers and readers, SACC-USA has adopted a Code of Ethics for Currents magazine.
- SACC-USA appoints the Editor, who decides on the content of the magazine after consultations with SACC-USA’s Chairman and President. The Editor regularly briefs the advertising staff on content plans and future cover stories. The advertising staff should not in any way try to influence the content of the magazine, and never discuss future content with advertisers other than by informing them of the plans laid down in the Editorial Calendar and other information to the advertisers from the Editor.
- The Publisher has the ultimate financial and legal responsibility for the content of the magazine.
- Keep a clear distinction between the advertising and the editorial side of the magazine.
- If an advertiser or even a SACC Member Company wants to be featured in Currents, or have suggestions for future content, he or she can get in touch with the Editor through standard channels, i.e. mail, email or via telephone. We do not want to create the perception of having back-door channels to getting featured in the magazine. It is not fair to our readers, member companies or advertisers to give preferential treatment to a select few. We don’t want to limit the interaction between the Editor and the public, but it is important that it is fair and stands on an equal footing.
- Any material that is paid for by the advertiser must be clearly marked as an advertisment. Such material must also have a design that is distinct and different from the editorial content.
- Any advertising which could be in conflict with our editorial integrity should be submitted to the Editor for review.