The main purpose of this policy is to preserve the neutrality Interesting Engineering stands for and the integrity it provides in all aspects of its content. Every staff member is expected to read these rules carefully and abide by them. All of our employees are subjected to complying with all aspects of this policy. All new members are required to read this policy before taking on their positions.
The matters addressed in this code are important, so any violation of rules within the areas covered below is considered serious enough to require disciplinary punishments, including dismissal from the position depending on the severity of the violation.
A team member that has a question or is violating any part of this policy, or has witnessed another employee doing so, should contact his/her supervisor immediately. All inquiries in this aspect are going to be kept discreet in order to protect the personal rights of team members.
We don’t agree to conditional access i.e., we don’t agree to an interview if the interviewee insists we avoid specific topics.
We reach out to subjects for fact-checking, but we only allow them to verify relevant facts and quotes. We don’t allow them to review content prior to publication.
We must avoid undue prominence when contributors discuss their work, especially if it has the potential to have a monetary impact. Any references to a contributor’s artistic creations, business, products, etc. must be editorially justified and limited.
Links may only be added to content if they are of editorial value and may not be added if they have commercial value.
Editorial teams don’t accept anything of value (including travel expenses or items to review) from companies or people we cover or from any organizations or individuals acting on their behalf.
Editorial employees are not permitted to work for or provide consulting services to the companies we cover.
If an employee has a close personal relationship with an individual, company, etc. we cover, they will not participate in coverage of that company or in any part of the coverage process (topic ideation, headline ideation, etc).
Any potential conflict of interest must be clearly disclosed at the bottom of the article in question.
Writers who cover news should not play the market, meaning they can not conduct any kind of estimations with personal interest or information. This could create exploitation of information that is not publicly declared. Team members who contribute to Interesting Engineering covering similar subjects are also subjected to this rule.
Only employees in the sales and marketing departments are allowed to make deals with third parties on behalf of Interesting Engineering. It is not allowed for anyone other than employees in the sales and marketing department to make deals using the company name in return for promotions/links, etc.
Good judgment, privacy, and professionalism are the main ideals to stick with when posting on the website and on other social media channels. Interesting Engineering is a multinational company that addresses a large number of followers. Every post should be thought of to the last detail as every post goes out to global audiences. Perception is a very important part of this process, and we expect everyone who is part of the Interesting Engineering to act accordingly with common sense at all times. Posts should be non-partial and neutral at all times. Employees are expected to keep their content and posts in compliance with the company policy and be respectful, unbiased, and authentic. Avoiding inappropriate, violent, and biased content is a must for all outlets connected to Interesting Engineering.
Getting permission before publishing an image or a video is necessary, as a result of the copyright and trademark laws. The team is expected to comply with the legal terms of the websites and other entities Interesting Engineering works or partners with.