NSPR Editorial Policy
As with other university, educational, and state public broadcasting licensees, NSPR maintains a policy of editorial independence. As such, NSPR and California State University, Chico, are educational institutions which value academic freedom and editorial integrity in all areas of operations. Editorial integrity in the operation of NSPR means free and independent decision-making process by NSPR station management, which is ultimately accountable to the public. We recognize that our broadcasting activities must be perceived to be independent, honest and of the highest possible quality.
As articulated within the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Code of Editorial Integrity:
We earn the public’s trust through the quality and excellence of our work, the inclusion and reflection of the diversity of our communities, and a commitment to defined professional standards and practices.
We take specific steps to ascertain and understand community needs, issues, and interests; to assure respect and civility in our forums and discussions and impartiality and objectivity in our coverage of complex and controversial matters; and to be accessible to those who use our services and the community as a whole.
Our standards apply to all the content we produce and present, regardless of subject matter, including news, science, history, information and cultural content. They apply across all the channels and platforms we use – broadcasting, online, social media, print, and in-person events.
This policy is a confirmation of the journalistic and programming independence of NSPR, as practiced in its 50-year history licensed to Chico State Enterprises. It is based on the historic independence of public broadcasting and as articulated in the 1986 “Statement of Principles of Editorial Integrity in Public Broadcasting,” and the 2012 “Code of Editorial Integrity” sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
This is a noncommercial enterprise, reflecting the worthy purpose of the federal and state governments to provide education and cultural enrichment to its citizens.
Public broadcasting operates in the public interest, convenience and necessity. Therefore, CSU Chico’s public broadcasting station is subject to a variety of federal and state statutory and regulatory requirements. They are also protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press and freedom of speech. All of us who influence and affect the operations of the stations are and will be committed to respect and follow the legal and constitutional framework within which we operate. NSPR recognizes the RTDNA Code of Ethics. More information available here.
For each post here at MYNSPR.org, the byline states the local or national reporter and/or editor who posted the story. The editor may use copy from a variety of sources, but is not necessarily the original writer of the material presented online. Editors also change copy based on NSPR editorial standards. Attribution is provided to official sources and other news organizations, including the Associated Press and material provided to the Associated Press by news outlets.