Drive travel and accommodation policy
August 01, 2008
This is the code of ethics Drive journalists and contributors are required to abide by relating to subsidised travel and accommodation.
This policy is based on two principles: trust in the honesty and integrity of our journalists and transparency with our readers and advertisers.
- Drive will not accept free or subsidised travel except in circumstances where the Editor is satisfied that neither the journalist nor the publication will be compromised.
- Only the Editor may approve offers of free or subsidised travel, accommodation or other benefits.
- Acceptance of any such offer is conditional on Drive being free to assign a writer/photographer of its choice.
- Acceptance of any such offer is based on Drive being free to publish, unconditionally, any article it deems appropriate as a result of the assignment. Drive also reserves the right not to publish an article or images.
- Each week Drive will publish a link to this ethics policy in the Drive sections of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
- No journalist will be asked to undertake an assignment involving free or subsidised travel and accommodation if she or he is reluctant to do so
- All casual employees, freelancers and contributors will be subject to the code when on assignment for Drive and will be asked to declare all relevant circumstances under which a story has been obtained.
- No casual employee, freelancer or contributor shall represent themselves as working for Drive without an express commission.