Publishing Policy

Some simple rules on commenting

  1. Don’t shout. Don’t use CAPITAL letters to shout or write whole sentences! If you do, your comments will be deleted
  2. Check your spelling, grammar and niceness. We don’t expect perfection but we appreciate proofreading before submitting.
  3. Don’t bad mouth folk.
  4. Don’t identify people if you haven’t got something nice to say about them.
  5. Don’t just write and post – think first!

Channel Telegraph will exercise editorial control over all its online content and services, and reserves the right to edit, delete or not publish your comment or contribution, for any reason whatsoever. Content will not be published if it is considered by the Channel Telegraph editor to be:

  1. defamatory
  2. intentionally false or misleading;
  3. an infringement of intellectual property rights, including copyright.
  4. abusive, offensive or obscene;
  5. otherwise inappropriate, off topic, repetitive or vexatious.
  6. compromising the privacy of any person or containing inappropriate personal information. For example, your full legal name, email address, workplace, home address etc;
  7. seeking to endorse commercial products or services without prior approval by Channel Telegraph;
  8. deliberate provocation of other community members; or
  9. impersonating someone else and/or posting on behalf of a suspended member.

If you breach these Terms of Use, Channel Telegraph may block your account.

Contributor Guidelines

Who are Channel Telegraph contributors?

Our content contributors will be an informed and enthusiastic gathering of writers, producers, students, communities and artisans. They will be known as Channel Telegraphists.

We hope over time to build a cohort of established and experienced authors, writers and performers. But we would also like to publish those just starting out and who want to try their hand and gain the experience and exposure.

Our contributors will be drawn from an array of backgrounds, professions and interests – and all will bring their own unique take on their subject matter.  We would also like to encourage school, students and community groups to have a go at writing or producing content (like video, audio and other multimedia content) for Channel Telegraph.

You are invited to write articles or produce content (videos, podcasts etc.) that will be published on the Channel Telegraph website under your name/pen name/product/group or title that you choose.  Send us your idea or even examples and we can consider whether they fit with our “style”.

If you think you want to consider being a contributor – regular or occasional – why not give us a call or drop us a line letting use know your interests. angles and topics.

Your bio

Channel Telegraph hopes to attach a “bio” to each of its contributors. We think around 50-100 (max) words and an image – that image can be of you – or your group, school or association’s logo. Please send that info and image if you sign up to be a contributor to:

Staying legal

You should take all due care and responsibility for your content. This page spells out our policies and guidelines to help you understand our approach.

We don’t have a team of lawyers to defend us from defamation claims. As a result, our little editorial team will assess copy/content provided and raise any issues or seek approval for a final edited copy in the case of written work – with your agreement of course. Please read the guidelines and policies on this page.

Your place on the Channel Telegraph

We expect that your URL for your “space” on Channel Telegraph to appear as something like

You would be writing/producing on your particular subjects/interests. Can be fiction/non-fiction/humour/music/images/artwork/poetry – pretty much anything really…

We’re also hoping that community groups, schools and the like might also contribute. Schools might like to use the opportunity to support students studying English/Journalism/film making/music/art etc., through publishing on Channel Telegraph. Community groups, organisations and associations might choose to write about/feature programs, facilities, recent events. You might look to use Channel Telegraph as a platform for publishing and promoting the work of your group’s interests, members and classes.

You would not be expected to provide “regular” contributions – only when you choose to.

How long – how short?

Our take on word count for each contribution would range from as short as you want, to a maximum limit of around 800-1000 words – just so we don’t have visitors nodding off…  For video – well that’s up to you –  but think of attention spans – music…well that’s your call!

Images and other media – keeping it legal

Images – we are happy to help source images to support your story. If you choose to source and supply images/videos and other third party content, you must have ownership/permissions for use – see our policies for more information.

Promotion of your own work, product or content

We are happy for you to advertise/promote your services/products/content in your Channel Telegraph page/space. Talk to us first about what and how you want to promote. Don’t forget, you can also advertise for free on Channel Telegraph.

Advertising on the Channel Telegraph

We have yet to finalise details about how the site would work in terms of third party advertising content and how that would be managed/sought. As we progress the site’s construction and growth, these issues will be dealt with. The only advertising on the site to start with will be the free community/business adverts.

Can we pay you for your contributions?

Well…no. Not for now. At this point we can offer no financial remuneration for your stories – just the publishing platform. But as the site grows, and there if there is a revenue stream generated by Channel Telegraph that flows from your articles/content, then we would be more than happy to discuss possible payment with you. But we don’t expect anyone will be making million$…or even hundred$…yet.

The Channel Telegraph publishing policy

Channel Telegraph’s contributors are experts (or pretty bloody good) in their fields; our policy is to not indulge armchair journalism.

Channel Telegraph looks forward to working as hard as we can to bring to you the stories and other content that matters, informs, entertains and at times makes you laugh.

It is Channel Telegraph’s aim to remain as independent as possible. Channel Telegraph is not affiliated with any political party, we will not accept any funding or donations from any political party, and we have strict guidelines in reference to the kinds of organisations we will approach as potential advertising partners. We deplore newsjacking and the press being manipulated by the interests of any particular group.

To protect us from ourselves and to protect our readers at all times, Channel Telegraph requires our contributors to declare any conflicts of interest, real or perceived, and to ensure that these declarations are included at the end of their articles or contributions – impartiality conflicts of interest and pecuniary or material conflicts of interest. Our news media format is exclusively online (the worldwide web) and based in Australia – but Channel Telegraph is not limited to its predominant local reach, it includes state, national and global social reach.

Channel Telegraph will not indulge in offensive caricatures and images of people, it shall not ridicule people. Channel Telegraph shall question, criticise and offer its opinions and analyses, even castigate, but Channel Telegraph will not degrade, malign, vilify or humiliate.

Channel Telegraph will not publish articles that are not underwritten by credible sources and corroborating source(s) where required, nor shall Channel Telegraph knowingly publish false or tenuous statements. If it is demonstrated to Channel Telegraph that we have published in error, we will own our mistake and correct the public record with equivalent exposure as given to the erroneous statements and in a timely fashion.

Channel Telegraph does not require permission sought for the reproduction, sharing and distribution of Channel Telegraph’s stories and images, if they are credited in accordance with the Creative Commons Agreement.

Channel Telegraph will not facilitate a paywall, nor seek subscription fees, as our objective is to reach as broad an audience as possible. Our only sources of revenue therefore will be advertising and donations. Channel Telegraph was founded with a bent for editorial independence – and with a touch of humour, parody and satire. These aspirations can be ensured if we follow strict guidelines in regard to the organisations and businesses we agree to advertise, and the sources from whom we accept donations. We will strive at all times to only engage with advertisers and potential donors who are considered ethical.

The Channel Telegraph shall strive to work in the public interest at all times, adding an independent, unbiased voice to the public record.

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