Editorial Policy | Skate Insider

Skate Insider is committed to providing objective, evidence-based, and trustworthy information and guidance on all aspects of skateboarding. Our editorial principles, standards, and processes are outlined below.

1. Principles

1.1 Accuracy

Our content will be accurate, balanced, and transparent. Information provided will be based on the best available evidence and sources, with clear attribution. When content includes conjecture or opinion, it will be clearly indicated as such.

1.2 Accountability

Skate Insider is accountable to its audience and is committed to fair and ethical practices. We encourage a culture of learning and improvement, and welcome user feedback. Our editorial processes will be transparent, and we will promptly address and rectify any mistakes.

1.3 Serving the public

Skate Insider prioritizes the interests of our audience when sourcing and developing content. We consult with relevant professional bodies, experts, and skateboarding communities to ensure the information we provide is comprehensive and reliable. While we may consider the interests of our partners, our primary focus is on serving the needs of our readers.

1.4 Taste and decency

All content on our website will be suitable for a general audience and will not contain any material reasonably deemed offensive or inappropriate.

1.5 Impartiality and diversity of opinion

Our content will strive to be objective, impartial, and inclusive. When presenting differing views on subjective matters, we will reflect all significant perspectives and clearly communicate any uncertainties or lack of consensus.

1.6 Privacy

We are committed to maintaining strict privacy controls. Personal information, including any correspondence, will not be disclosed without the user’s explicit consent, unless required by law or deemed to be in the public interest. Prior permission will be sought from users before using their photographic images.

1.7 Funding

Skate Insider is funded independently and does not carry advertising or accept corporate sponsorship. We maintain editorial independence and ensure that our content is free from external influence.

2. Standards

Skate Insider has a dedicated team of editors who are responsible for maintaining high editorial standards. Our editors have a clear mandate to produce accurate, balanced, and transparent information. No editor, author, or administrator will provide preferential treatment to any partner organization. All editorial staff must disclose any financial or other interests they may have in any skateboarding-related companies or organizations.

Any conflicts of interest with other organizations, including skateboarding-related companies, must be disclosed by all staff members, including editorial staff. Our Chief Executive Officer is responsible for investigating potential conflicts of interest and addressing any complaints.

3. Staff Training

All editorial staff undergo training to ensure they meet the required editorial standards. This training includes guidelines on accuracy, balance, accessibility, and tone.

4. Editorial Process

Phase 1: Research

Our content is based on evidence-based knowledge derived from various sources. We consult peer-reviewed research, reputable organizations with expertise in skateboarding, and individuals with direct experience and knowledge in the field.

Phase 2: Production

Once a piece of content is drafted, it goes through a thorough editing process. It is reviewed for accuracy, balance, accessibility, and tone by a member of the Skate Insider team. The written content is then passed on to the website Editor for further checks, including factual accuracy, spelling, grammar, adherence to house style, overall presentation, and clarity.

Phase 3: Policy sign-off

All policies and content must be approved by the Chief Executive Officer before publication.

Phase 4: Review of content

The content on the Skate Insider website is reviewed regularly. Major content is reviewed annually, while content less susceptible to change is reviewed at least every two years. User comments and stakeholder feedback are considered on an ongoing basis, and content is promptly reviewed and updated if necessary.

5. Appeals Procedure

In the unlikely event of a complaint about online content that the editor cannot resolve, the matter will be escalated to the Chief Executive Officer for further review and resolution. We are committed to addressing any concerns raised by our audience to ensure the highest editorial standards are maintained.