Code of Ethics
With Stories to Keep you can be assured that your story will be told ethically and we will adhere to a code of ethics.
In fact, we follow two.
MEAA Code of Ethics
Stories to Keep director Deborah Gough has been a member of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance for 28 years.
She is also currently a member of Freelance Pro section of the MEAA and is authorised to use the Freelance Trustmark.
“A trustmark helps demonstrate your legitimacy as a member of the working media. Only Freelance Pro members will be able to use this mark, which will be a further sign of your professionalism, ethics and integrity.” – MEAA website.
In accordance with the MEAA journalism Code of Ethics, Stories to Keep is committed to
Respect for the rights of others
Where applicable Stories to Keep and its agents abide by the MEAA Code of Ethics. We reserve the right to uphold the code where there is a conflict between the demands of the client and the ethical guidelines by which all reputable media professionals operate.
Life Stories Australia code of ethics
Stories to Keep is also a member of Life Stories Australia.
This group of story telling professionals has developed its own code of ethics and we abide by them. This code includes respect for privacy, fairness and integrity.
A full list of our policies are found here.
Stories to Keep will not create oral histories that incite racism or violence.
It reserves the right to withdraw from, or not accept, any project that incites racism or violence.
Stories to Keep reserves the right to withhold or delete this information from the finished product where it forms a small part of the final product.
Where it cannot delete this element without compromising the final product, it reserves the right to abandon the project and all funds paid will be forfeited.
Stories to Keep will not continue with any project where any of its agents feel under threat in any way. Where this occurs, all funds already paid shall be forfeit.
If the subject or client fails to disclose their involvement in a crime, which is later revealed in an interview, Stories to Keep may withdraw its services at its total discretion. All funds paid up until that time shall be forfeited. Police or relevant authorities may be informed.
Tough talk, but it needs to be said.
– Deborah Gough