Massive magazine (est. end of 2011) is the national student media of Massey University and prides itself on upholding and maintaining all work practices ethically, guided by the New Zealand Journalists Code of Ethics and the New Zealand Press Council’s Statement of Principles. Also available here as a PDF
In accordance with these codes, Massive magazine believes its foremost responsibility is to seek, respect and publish the truth, for the public’s interest and the right to true information. It is a priority to provide students with accurate and truthful information, on matters that affect them.
In every undertaking of NEWS stories by Massive staff, journalists will strive to be:
(a) They shall report and interpret the news with scrupulous honesty and be striving to disclose all essential facts and by not suppressing relevant available facts or distorting by wrong or improper emphasis.
(b) They shall not place unnecessary emphasis on gender, race, sexual preference, religious belief, marital status, or physical or mental disability.
(c) In all circumstances, they shall respect all confidences received in the course of their occupation.
(d) They shall not allow personal interests to influence them in their professional duties.
(e) They shall not allow their professional duties to be influenced by any consideration, gift, or advantage offered and, where appropriate, shall disclose any such offer.
(f) They shall not allow advertising or commercial considerations to influence them in their professional duties.
(g) They shall use fair and honest means to obtain news, pictures, films, tapes and documents.
(h) They shall identify themselves and their employers before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast.
(i) They shall respect private grief and personal privacy and shall have the right to resist compulsion to intrude on them.
(j) They shall do their utmost to correct any published or broadcast information found to be harmfully inaccurate.
Accordingly, Massive magazine undertakes that it will:
- Always give story subjects a right of reply prior to a news story.
- Respect sources’ confidentiality
- Approach stories critically, and hold the university, students’ associations and societies, as well as outside subjects and companies, accountable for their actions
- Should any of these clauses be broken, Massive magazine is liable for disciplinary procedures. It, therefore, has processes in place to ensure quality and safety of produced work.
Note: Opinion articles, satire and reviews may not be subject to these causes.
Further information can be viewed in the Massive Charter 2016, this includes a disputes resolution process between MAWSA the publisher and the Massive magazine operations.
MASSIVE MAGAZINE’S OPERATIONS
Massive magazine has an editor who oversees the operations of the publication, and also several external media professionals/experts who act as advisors. Massive was established by the Massey Wellington Students’ Association and operates as an independent operation. The editor and designer report to the Media Manager on a daily basis. They are ultimately accountable to the Massive Media Board.
Massive magazine receives funding from the Student Levy and advertising. Student Levy money is collected from all students. It may only be spent on certain categories as per the ministerial directive. Massive is funded under the category for Media. This is defined as ‘Supporting the production and dissemination of information by students to students, including newspapers, radio, television and internet-based media’
The grant issued to Massive is for a project defined as:
Media supporting the production and dissemination of information by students of Massey for students of Massey through the Recipient.
Massive must comply with the attached as part of its agreement.
To better understand the process of producing an article please take a look at our Process of a Massive Article diagram.
We also have a diagram of Massive Relationships. This document helps outline the relationships between Massive and the University, Student Associations, Levy money and the students’ voice.