NET Connects Editorial Guidelines

NET Connects
 

NET Connects content is produced in partnership with non-profit and other public service organizations which share NET 's mission and values. NET is held responsible by the Federal Communications Commission for each program it broadcasts. The following editorial guidelines will be applied to the program acceptance process:

Programming on the NET Connects will…

Never mislead our audiences:

All NET Connects content will be truthful and as complete as possible.

Always provide full disclosure of partner interests:

We will always tell viewers who is shaping the content of a program and why. We will make clear that this programming is a production of the partner organization in association with NET. We will also make clear that this programming is not  related to NET’s news and public affairs programs.

Not be used for simple self-promotion:

While NET’s community partners deserve appropriate credit and visibility for producing and presenting valuable content, that content must not be self-promotional in nature.

Not be used for lobbying:

NET Connects programming may sometimes deal with matters of public controversy, but it must never be used for lobbying efforts.

Special Care / Matters of Public Controversy:

NET and its partners must take special care whenever dealing with matters of public controversy. We must assure that alternative viewpoints are acknowledged and fairly represented. Final decisions on editorial content and broadcast will always remain the responsibility of NET.

Series:

NET and its partners must take special care whenever dealing with any kind of regularly-scheduled series because of the on-going obligation implied. We will agree on a specific set of written goals and guidelines for each such series.

Many of these guidelines are subjective in nature. Current events, changes in the law and other matters may affect the broadcast of content on NET Television. Close communication between NET and its partners will be essential in order to avoid problems. The sole authority for approving sensitive or disputed broadcast decisions will be held by NET’s senior manager responsible for content or an assigned NET staff member.