Whereas a publication striving for quality, responsibility, morality, and cohesivity in all material published must have a trusted Editorial Body;
Whereas an Editorial Board, ith the power to define and set limits on editorial power before it can operate;
Whereas this definition of authority and responsibility must be clear, consistent, and concrete;
Whereas the Humanitarian Collective (“the Publication”) sees the successful distribution of such editorial power as being necessary and irreplaceable in ensuring successful future operation;
Whereas the members of the First Editorial Board of the Humanitarian Collective acknowledge these preceding statements as well as their own duty, as their first exercise of authority, to set its limit thereof;
The seven members of the First Editorial Board of the Humanitarian Collective, each appointed by the Editor-in-Chief, convene to put forth this non-binding Charter to define the structure, powers, responsibilities, and basic policy of the Editorial Body of the Humanitarian Collective to assure its well management and moral rectitude
- Editorial Function.
The Editorial Body of the Humanitarian Collective (“the Publication”) shall be charged in setting a standard for the editorial, ideological, and moral voice of the Publication and all of its associated materials (including but not limited to articles, social media posts, and videos) (“Published Material”) published through authorized channels, platforms, and media, web, print or otherwise (“Authorized Channels”).
Ultimately, all Published Material is the work of the authors and contributors and not of the Editorial Body; as such, the Editorial Body assumes no responsibility and denies all liability for Published Material.
- Editorial Structure.
The Editorial Body of the Publication encompasses (from order of increasing superiority):Editorial consultants and translators;
a) Article editors;
b) Section editors; and
c) Editorial Board members, which shall include:
d) Voting Members; and
e) The Editor-in-Chief.
Editors not on the Editorial Board (“non-Board Editors”) shall hold editorial power over Published Material.
The Editorial Board shall have the power to make decisions concerning the structure and operation of the Editorial Body as they see fit, including but not limited to organizing editorial committees.
- Appointment of Editors.
Non-Board Editors may be appointed by the majority vote of the Editorial Board or by direct appointment by the Editor-in-Chief.
The First Editorial Board, who had been appointed for the framing of this Charter and of the Outline of Editorial Policy and Journalistic Integrity (together, “Editorial Policy”), and the organization of the Editorial Body of the Humanitarian Collective on Sunday June 28th, 2020 under the authority of the Editor-in-Chief, shall be the last Editorial Board Members to be appointed by the Editor-in-Chief.
Future appointments of editors to the Editorial Board can be proposed by any Member of the Editorial Board and shall require a supermajority (⅔, rounding up) vote of the Editorial Board Members to be approved. Once approved, they carry the full rights, authority, and responsibilities of all other Editorial Board Members. Any person can be appointed and serve on the Editorial Board. Editorial Board Members may hold other offices and hold other responsibilities within the Publication if it does not cause said editor to neglect their duties as Editorial Board Member.
The Joint Chairs of the Editorial Board shall be directly appointed by the Editor-in-Chief.
- Appellate Authority.
Writers and contributors shall have the right to appeal to the Editorial Board if they believe that a decision made by their editor violates Editorial Policy.
Any conflict between writers, contributors, non-Board Editors, or any other agents or affiliates of the Editorial Body of the Humanitarian Collective shall be mediated by the Editorial Board. Any conflicts that arise among members of the Editorial Board shall be mediated by the Editor-in-Chief.
- Meeting Procedures.
The Editorial Board shall discuss and vote on matters described hereof in person when possible. The three Joint Chairs of the Editorial Board shall be charged with organizing the assemblage of, setting the agendas of, and maintaining procedures and decorum for all Editorial Board meetings.
In the case of a voting tie, the side of the Editor in Chief shall prevail.
If any Editorial Board Member cannot attend the meeting or if an in-person meeting cannot happen for any reason, the Editor-in-Chief shall select an alternate means of debate and voting. In accordance with social distancing guidelines, the Editorial Board shall meet virtually over Zoom for the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as official restrictions may be lifted.
- Removal of Editors.
All agents and affiliates of the Publication retain the right and are urged to report all violations of Editorial Policy, whether confirmed or unconfirmed, made by editors to their direct superior.
The Editor-in-Chief is the only editor immune from removal. Any non-Board Editor, Editorial Board Chair, or Member can be impeached by majority vote of the Editorial Board if they are believed to be guilty of a grave violation of Editorial Policy. The impeached editor shall then be entitled to plead their case in front of the Editorial Board. Unanimous consent shall be required to remove a Member from the Editorial Board, whereas only a majority vote shall be required to remove a non-Board Editor.
Chairs can be demoted to Member-status at the sole discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.
- Publishing Approbation Procedure.
a) All Published Material must be approbated by no fewer than three editors before publishing.Any Editorial Board Member has the right to veto any decision concerning the publishing of any article. This veto can only be overridden by a majority vote of non-vetoing Editorial Board Members.
b) Once published, any article can be pulled from any and all media at any time; writers and contributors will be held accountable for their written work without a statute of limitations.
- Statement of Responsibility.
The following statement must be present at the top of the Editorial page, and at the bottom of every Editorial Piece:
The following is an editorial piece that does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Humanitarian Collective, its Editorial Board, opinion editors, constituents, or sponsors.
Likewise, the following statement must be present at the top of the Opinion page, and at the bottom of every Opinion Piece:
The following is an opinion piece reflecting the opinion of the writer but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Humanitarian Collective, its Editorial Board, opinion editors, constituents, or sponsors.
- Editorial Authority.
Non-Board editors have the responsibility to question, revise, or omit any part of any piece to be published, opinion or editorial, that they, in reasonable conscious, have found to be in violation of Editorial Policy.
The Editorial Body of the Publication has a duty to the Publication and its readers to ensure all Editorial Pieces are soundly rooted in logic and based upon credible sources. As such, the sources used when writing a given article can be subject to review and vetting by the editors and, if need be, the Editorial Board. Furthermore, any facts, ideas, and other non-original content reasonably judged to not be “common knowledge” used in Published Material must be accompanied by a citation—informal or formal—giving credit to the original source.
a) The Editorial Body shall not tolerate the publishing of any Published Material containing: Hateful sentiment towards any individual or group on account of their identity, including but not limited to their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, immigration status, ability, sexuality, sex, or gender orientation;
b) The direct or indirect advocacy for any activity not considered legal by the City and State of New York, State of New York, the United States Federal Government, or the Department of Justice;
c) Intentionally inflammatory rhetoric;
d) Untruthful information or blatant slander;
e) Sentiment directed towards members of a particular community with the clear intent on arousing hatred or unwarranted criticism;
f) Promotion of self-fulfilling interests or personal endeavors not previously approved by the Editorial Board;
g) The direct reissuing of any published work regardless of its original date of publication; or
h) Sponsored content or any type of paid endorsement or condemnation.
- Issuing Statements.
The Editorial Board shall have the right to issue official statements expressing the opinions of the Publication. Whereas all Editorial Board members may propose the publishing of statements, considering the Publication’s commitment to nonpartisanship and objectivity, statements must receive a supermajority vote to be approved for publishing.
If a writer or contributor receives a complaint about a specific Editorial Piece that they have written or contributed to, the Editorial Board shall be charged with dealing with such a matter alongside all participating non-Board Editors. Whereas the Editorial Board claims no responsibility for any Published Material, all authors, contributors, and editors shall be considered innocent by the Editorial Board until the complaint or grievance be deemed legitimate; then responsibility falls on the author.
Anything published or released by writers or contributors not under the Humanitarian Collective or any of its subsidiary or affiliate publication outlets is not endorsed and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board.
The Editorial Board reserves the right to issue statements condemning anything said, published, or released by writers, contributors, or editors, past or current, whether on official, unofficial, or personal channels, it is found to be in direct conflict with or destructive to the goals of the Publication, its Editorial Policy, or its Mission Statement.
- Corrections and Recalls.
If any Published Material, including but not limited to Editorial Articles and Opinion Pieces, is published before new information comes to light that challenges or invalidates matters addressed in said article, it is the duty of the Editorial Body to make appropriate judgements on issuing corrections. The original writers and contributors of the article shall be charged with issuing said corrections with any of its original editors retaining their full rights and responsibilities as editors as they had in the writing of the Article.
The Editorial Board shall oversee these correctional processes and can, if found to be necessary by only its own judgement, recall and unpublish said article from all possible media.
- Interorganizational Association.
The Humanitarian Collective is not and shall never be officially associated with any organization, political, social, economic, or otherwise without the direct approval of the Editorial Board. As such, all potential endorsements and sponsors of The Humanitarian Collective must first be reviewed and officially approved by the Editorial Board before the Publication enters into any agreements. Editorial Policy shall never be compromised by any agreements with other organizations.
a) This Charter may only ever be amended by unanimous consent of the Editorial Board. Any instance in which a particular Board member vetoes or promotes an amendment must be accompanied by a verbal or written defense of their vote.
b) Members of the Editorial Board may abstain from voting during many matters which require it, but must be aware that abstaining does not equal voting in either direction. In the case that a particular matter requires unanimous consent, unanimous is then defined by the currently voting Board members.
This Charter must be ratified by every member of the Editorial Board in order to come into effect. It shall come into effect exactly three days after this Charter’s ratification (the “Grace Period”). During this Grace Period, any member can withdraw their support from the Charter, nullifying and voiding its ratification. After the Grace Period, the Humanitarian Collective may commence normal operation.
Nothing may be published by the Humanitarian Collective until after this Charter has been ratified and after the Grace Period has ended.
- Termination of This Charter.
This Charter may be terminated at any time by unanimous written approval of the Editorial Board Members. The termination shall be effective immediately, whereupon no material may be published until another Charter has been framed, ratified, and approved by the Editor-in-Chief.