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The Media Co-op is dedicated to providing grassroots, democratic coverage of communities across Canada. The majority of the content on the Media Co-op website is generated members of the cooperative; other posts come from non-members.

All content posted to Mediacoop.ca is subject to our online editorial policy. By posting to the site, you are agreeing to the editorial policy outlined here.

The Media Co-op is based on open publishing, so any content published by a user appears immediately on the site. All content posted on mediacoop.ca is then moderated by the editorial collective. The editorial collective has final say over all content appearing on the site. Editors can feature, top story, hide or unpublish content posted by users.

Local sites, like halifax.mediacoop.ca or toronto.mediacoop.ca were declated inactive at the 2018 annual general meeting, and so content posted to those will not be reviewed. The Media Co-op network used to publish The Dominion, a bi-monthly grassroots news magazine, but that publication has been inactive since 2016.

The following information applies to mediacoop.ca:

Unreviewed posts appear in the right-hand column of Mediacoop.ca; this is where posts are published immediately after posting. Posts in this column either have not yet been reviewed by editors or are posts that are not deemed to meet the guidelines for featuring.

Featured posts appear in the left-hand column on the front page of the Mediacoop.ca. These are posts that Media Co-op editorial staff have chosen to feature for higher visibility. These may include articles, blog posts, video or audio pieces. Featured posts also include announcements from the Media Co-op, such as the calls for pitches.

Top Stories appear at the top of the website's front page. These are stories which we want to draw attention to because of their quality and relevance. This may be an exceptional story or breaking news posted to a blog.

Hidden posts are posts which do not meet the minimum standards for mediacoop.ca.  The post does not appear on the front page but is still be accessible on the site at a private URL.

Editorial Policy: FAQs

1. When will the Media Co-op feature my post?

The Media Co-op may choose to “feature” or “top story” your post if it:

  •  is an original piece of journalism
  •  prioritizes grassroots voices
  •  provides a story or angle not covered by corporate media
  •  meets minimum standards for journalistic articles (the HMC’s Contributors’ Guide is an excellent resource)
  •  is relevant and interesting to our constituencies
  •  is in the correct format (for example, a blog post or opinion piece that was created as a story will not be featured)

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee that your post will be featured. If you feel that your piece posted to mediacoop.ca should be considered for featuring, do email us at info [at] mediacoop.ca – we may have missed it.

Users whose posts have been featured twice become “contributor members.” Members are given priority consideration when we are selecting paid pitches.

2. Will the Media Co-op edit my blog posts?

Yes, the Media Co-op may contact you to engage in an editing process for blogs

3. When will the Media Co-op hide or delete my post?

The Media Co-op may hide your post if we find its language or content objectionable. The post will no longer appear on the front page but will still be accessible on the site at a private URL.

If this happens, you have the option of editing it to remove offending content, and then sending a request for it to be re-posted or re-featured.

Posts containing the following will be unpublished (deleted) from the Media Co-op:

  • Offensive language (see section below)
  • Defamatory remarks towards individuals or groups, especially members of grassroots movements
  • Threats towards individuals, grassroots movements, or oppressed populations
  • Hateful speech towards individuals or groups
  • Grossly inaccurate & unsupported representations of individuals or groups
  • Posts with misleading claims about authorship; plagiarism
  • Content that has the intent or effect of undermining the operations of the Media Co-op
  • Spam or advertising

The Media Co-op reserves the right to hide, delete, or unfeature any content on the site. Although all efforts will be made to communicate with users in good faith, the Media Co-op reserves the right to make such changes without explanation. The Media Co-op also reserves the right to delete user accounts which consistently violate the above standards.

4. What does the Media Co-op consider “offensive language”?

The Media Co-op makes every effort to abide by principles of self-determination in language and naming.

This means, call individuals or groups by the names they ask you to use. If you are unsure, educate yourself about language. Sometimes, members of the same social group have conflicting preferences. If you are interviewing someone, ask them what name, title, description or pronoun they would like you to use when referring to them.

Here are some examples to check out:

Avoid terms like, “illegal immigrants,” “criminals,” or “peaceful/violent protest,” which convey a moral judgment without actually telling a story. Tell us the story. Who is the person, where did they come from, why don't they have citizenship status? What, specifically, did or didn't happen at the protest?

Nobody gets everything right all the time, but the language you use in your writing is your responsibility. When possible, we'll gently remind you to check your language, or allow other readers to point out their concerns. An article loaded with offensive terminology may be hidden, unfeatured or unpublished.


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