The Editor at PayrollLab subscribes to the principals of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) and has adopted our Editorial Practices and Conduct based on the ASBPE Guide to Preferred Editorial Practices. PayrollLab.com exists to serve its community participants — and to deliver services effectively, our editors and journalists maintain editorial excellence and the trust of our audience. These mandates are built on our attention to reader needs and on a publicly expressed dedication to journalistic principles which include accuracy, fairness, balance, attribution, and separation of news from analysis, news and analysis from opinion, and editorial from advertising.
I. Conflicts of Interest
Only the editorial leadership shall make final editorial decisions. Editorial content and coverage shall be most influenced based on reader needs as understood by the editors. All dealings with non-editorial personnel, especially advertisers and public relations representatives, but also story sources and others, are conducted with a clear understanding that no preferential editorial treatment should be expected from the interaction and that the journalistic principles stated herein will be adhered. Favorable editorial coverage or preferential treatment in an article does not hinge on the prospect of ad sales, financial gain, or other factors that are not related to editorial integrity.
II. Standards for Editorial Operations
The attention of editors is required to ensure that the editorial function, from preparing material for publication to offering a chance for readers and others to respond after the fact, is conducted fairly and transparently. Our methods to this end include:
Fact-Checking—Editorial management will maintain a process, independent of reporters, for checking facts in articles and other content.
Freelancers—Guidelines governing staff also apply to paid or non-paid contributing writers, editors, or artists. Editors respect the right of freelancers to work for other media and publications, although editors are entitled to discuss limitations, so for example, that the same contributor doesn’t have bylined work appearing in a competing publication.
Research—In the case of any research, rankings, “best of” or “top” awards, buyers’ guides or similar editorial titles, a neutral third party, such as a consulting firm or recognized expert, may be used to help avoid conflicts of interest if such conflicts appear. In editorial content, a discussion of the methodology, including limitations, is available to allow the reader to make informed judgments about the value of the content.
Feedback Mechanisms—Editors are accessible to website readers. Contact should be made using the contact information at the Contact Us page.
III. Graphics and Photography
Graphic and artistry materials are prepared with the same care and concern for accuracy, fairness, balance, and attribution as text content. The integration of the graphic and text components, so vital to the overall ability of a publication to present material fully and fairly, shall be done responsibly, to ensure readers’ trust.