Editorial Standards & Ethics

AMG Brands Network Inc. is the parent company of Universitymagazine.ca and Dailyfoods.ca, DubaiSavvy.com, All of our brands, are expected to adhere to the following journalistic principles so our audiences have the most reliable and relevant information available.

The writers and editors employed by AMG Brands Network Inc. must comply with these values and protocols and uphold their brand’s standards.

We are committed to an accurate, transparent, engaged, and informed conversation with our audience and will continuously update these policies in line with industry standards.

 

Our Mission

University Magazine’s mission is to inform and entertain millennials with meaningful local news stories. Our writers and editors strive to create nonpartisan and conversational articles that present a clear picture of events and trends.

Our headlines, social media, and articles create an engaging, accurate, and candid presentation of the news to offer a fresh alternative to traditional media.

 

Accuracy

University Magazine is committed to providing our readers with accurate information about their communities. Writers and editors must always ensure the accuracy of content published on their websites to the best of their ability.

Our editorial team works quickly, and our content reflects that speed. University Magazine is transparent about where our information comes from, whether from a press release, a person, or another publication.

We make credit clear to our readers, so they know where information comes from, and we strive to include a diverse range of voices and ideas.

Copy editors and editors fact-check the information included in our articles. If a correction must be made, we move as quickly as possible and follow the correction protocol described in detail below.

 

Accuracy and Fact-Checking

To provide students with accurate and actionable information, University Magazine has established a robust fact-checking process. It starts with our writers and reporters, who carefully craft our guides and articles according to strict editorial guidelines and sourcing standards.

When primary sources are available, we link directly to these sources so that students can dive deeply into the information they need to make informed decisions about their education. Some of our most trusted sources include:

  • Career information: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Payscale
    • Why we trust the BLS: This official government website from the U.S. Department of Labor provides regularly updated career and salary data.
    • Why we trust Payscale: This crowdsourced website lists salary information for multiple career paths and transparently displays how many reported salaries have informed their averages.
  • U.S. News: Best Colleges & Career Ranking is an annual set of rankings of colleges and universities in the United States, first published in 1983
    • Why we trust: First published in 1983, the rankings have been an annual feature for decades, building a strong reputation for comprehensive and detailed analysis of higher education institutions.
  • College student outcomes: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
    • Why we trust NCES: Housed within the Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES is the U.S. government’s official source of education-related data.
  • Bootcamp student outcomes: Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR)
    • Why we trust CIRR: Members of this coding bootcamp industry nonprofit adhere to a common and transparent set of outcomes reporting standards and must have their reports audited by a CIRR-approved third party.
  • Niche: provides a platform that helps users to analyze ratings and reviews of schools
    • Why we trust Niche: It has nearly 2.5 million school reviews from real students, parents, and teachers—more school reviews than any other place on the internet. 
  • QS World University Rankings: is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world 

We publish corrections where we fail to live up to our standards. Finally, the University Magazine team periodically reviews previously published resources and news articles and, where needed, updates them with new and accurate information.

 

Objectivity

University Magazine editors and writers use common sense when reporting. At the same time, we trust our readers to interpret this information in a way that is right for them.

Our editors and writers strive to report information without distortion or bias. University Magazine is not aligned with any political group or set of values.

We also recognize our employees’ right to free speech. If an employee has a strong personal belief or a relationship to a specific political movement, we will disclose it to our readers.

While most of our content is nonpartisan, when we publish opinion content, it is noted as such. Opinion writers are very latitudeful in their tone and style and express their points of view.

University Magazine does not pay for information or access, and our team does not accept gifts or invitations in exchange for coverage. However, we may compensate the creators of photographs, videos, and other multimedia for exclusive use on AMG Brands Network’s websites.

 

Corrections & Updates

While our reporters and editors strive to verify all information published on University Magazine sites independently, there can be errors sometimes. When such an error is brought to our attention, we immediately update the story. Editor’s notes are appended to the end of the article acknowledging there was a change.

Additionally, if new information is discovered that dramatically changes the context or timeline of a story, pieces will be updated at the top of the article and include the update time.

Information found on University Magazine websites will not always be up to date and cannot necessarily be relied upon. Visitors to the site are responsible for their own behaviour and assume all risks.

 

Sourcing & Interviews

University Magazine websites generally do not report on anonymous or unverified information unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, sources are granted anonymity if revealing their identities can jeopardize their safety.

If University Magazine journalists cannot independently verify information that has become part of the national or international discussion, we consider the matter part of the public interest and, therefore, have a responsibility to present this information as it unfolds.

When interviewing sources, University Magazine journalists are transparent about their identities and provide readers with a complete picture of who the information is coming from. Minors are not interviewed without parental consent.

We consider public social media posts part of the public domain and treat them as such. Information relayed on these sites can be sourced for University Magazine articles but will always include a proper citation.

 

Responsibility

University Magazine is committed to treating all persons, organizations, and companies fairly and respecting their privacy and dignity. When information is in the public’s interest, editors may deem that the public’s right to know outweighs an individual’s privacy.

All subjects are given the opportunity to comment on our articles. If they cannot respond by the deadline, we will update the story when that information is provided.

When covering sensitive topics, we include warnings that articles may contain graphic information or details that may be difficult to read. We also include resources and helplines so that readers can take action and fully understand the material discussed.

 

Plagiarism

University Magazine has a zero-tolerance policy toward plagiarism. Writers must describe ideas and events in their own words or clearly cite the origins, if any, of the content. Those who do not abide by this principle are terminated.

Editors and copy editors review articles for plagiarism. If any is found, there is an immediate investigation of that work and any other work the writer has published.

We also consider complaints of plagiarism of the utmost importance. Once an accusation is made, the same protocols described above commence.

 

Advertising, Sponsored, and Affiliate Content

Advertising, commerce and sponsored content are clearly identified on University Magazine’s websites (see our sponsored content policy ). The branded content and the shop teams are independent of the editorial team.

Companies that choose to work with us in this regard cannot and do not influence editorial coverage. If one of University Magazine’s advertisers becomes newsworthy, they will be treated like any other company and invited to comment on the story.

Occasionally our articles will contain affiliate links, where University Magazine may earn a small commission if a reader purchases a product or service we have featured. These articles are created independently by University Magazine’s journalists and are not influenced by advertisers or commercial teams.

University Magazine readers can reach our universitymagazine.ca editors through this contact page. Messages are checked regularly, and any information pertinent to an article is promptly addressed.