The basic purport behind a student-run magazine is to grant today’s youth a medium to have their voices heard above the clamor of banal gossip and seditious discourse. To ensure that, AUWC, under the watchful guidance of Vice Chancellor Faiz Amir, considered it prudent to codify a list of rules of ethical journalism to be adhered to by the contributors of this magazine.
It is vital that this code be honored not only to the letter but in the full spirit. It should not be interpreted so as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual, or to hinder freedom of expression that prevents valuable publication in the public interest.
- The work has to be original. It shall not be plagiarized, and in case of textual evidence from an external source, it must honor the copyright.
- The content must not incorporate the use of foul language. It shall conform to the moral standards of the society.
- The writer cannot propagate hate speech. The content shall not include racist, discriminatory or derogatory terms, or defame certain groups within the society.
- The content shall be kept neutral where possible, leaving the public to form their own opinions regarding a narration of facts. It shall be free from religious prejudices and must not attack ideologies or collective views.
- The writer shall honor and respect the sanctity of all individuals. Therefore, the writer shall neither target any specific individual, nor attempt to defame them.
- The content of the work shall not violate university ethics and code. It shall abide by the moral policies stated by the university’s administration and student affairs department.
- The written material shall not attempt to portray the university negatively. It shall not express personal prejudices against the institute nor should it attempt to spread rumors.
- The writer shall exercise liberty to create his/her content; however, in doing so, shall not violate other person’s freedom.
- The writer shall be open to constructive criticism regarding his/her content. Constructive criticism aims to provide writers with an opportunity to enhance their skills in creating improved and quality content.
- The content shall be decent and morally acceptable. Writers must avoid turning in a content enriched in vulgarity or crudeness.