WCTU News Source Confidentiality Policy
Effective Date: 9/9/2023
At WCTU Cleveland 13 News, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of journalistic integrity, which includes safeguarding the identity and privacy of our news sources. We understand that many individuals who provide valuable information to us may wish to remain anonymous or confidential for various reasons.
When you choose to share information with WCTU Cleveland 13 News, whether it's a news tip, story idea, or any other form of news content, we respect your right to confidentiality. We want to assure you that:
Identity Protection: Your identity, unless you explicitly choose to waive confidentiality, will be kept confidential and will not be shared with third-parties outside of WCTU Cleveland 13 News, or affiliates.
Protection from Retaliation: We take seriously our responsibility to protect our sources from any form of retaliation. We will not disclose your identity to anyone who may seek to harm or retaliate against you for providing information to us.
Legal Safeguards: We will do our utmost to protect your identity; however, there may be exceptional circumstances where legal obligations or ethical considerations require us to disclose your identity (e.g., court orders, national security concerns, or imminent threats to public safety). In such cases, we will notify you to the extent possible.
It is important to note that you have the option to voluntarily disclose your identity if you wish. You are not bound by confidentiality if you choose to reveal your identity to us.
How to Maintain Confidentiality:
To maintain your confidentiality when contacting us:
Secure Communication: Use secure and private means of communication when sharing sensitive information. We recommend using encrypted email or secure messaging apps if you have concerns about your privacy.
Clearly Indicate Confidentiality: When providing information, please clearly indicate if you wish to maintain your confidentiality. You may use terms such as "off the record" or "not for attribution" to express your preferences.
Contact Information: Feel free to use an anonymous or pseudonymous email address or contact method if you wish.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our confidentiality policy or the protection of your identity, please contact us through our secure communication channels.
We value the trust you place in us as a news source, and we are dedicated to upholding the principles of responsible journalism. Thank you for considering WCTU Cleveland 13 News as a platform for sharing important information with our community.
WCTU Cleveland 13 LLC
PO Box 31104
Cleveland, Ohio 44131