- The Prince Arthur Herald as an organization is divided into four separate operative pillars: Central Executive, Section Editors, Contributors, and the Editorial Board.
- The Central Executive are composed of three members: the Executive Editor, the Publisher, and the Managing Editor. Collectively, the Central Executive form the executive management of the Herald.
- The Section Editors are composed of the News Editor, the Opinion Editor, the Sports Editor, the Culture Editor, the Business Editor, and the Editorial & Letters Editor. Collectively, the Section Editors implement the management strategy set down by the Central Executive, and act as the manager for their department and its activities/content.
- The Contributors include all News Regional/Desk Editors, Campus News Editors, News Contributors, Featured Columnists, Assistant Opinion Editors, Opinion Columnists & Contributors, Sports Columnists & Contributors, Culture Columnists & Contributors, Business Columnists & Contributors, Contributing Editors, and the Standards Editor. The Contributors are the primary content generators of the newspaper.
- The Editorial Board is co-chaired by the Executive Editor and the Publisher, and is composed of the members of the Central Executive, Section Editors, and the Editor-In-Chiefs of the Herald’s alternate editions. The Editorial Board coordinates to implement the strategic vision of the newspaper as established by the Prince Arthur Herald Ltd. Board of Directors and collectively publishes the editorials which establish the official stance of the newspaper.
1.02 Central Executive
- The Executive Editor acts as primary liaison between the Prince Arthur Herald Ltd. Board of Directors and the Herald Central Executive, implementing the management strategy set out by the publishing corporation. This individual is broadly responsible for the production of the newspaper’s content and establishing and implementing the strategic direction of the newspaper in conjunction with the publishing corporation.
- The Publisher is responsible for the daily publication of the newspaper’s content. This individual manages the newspaper’s website.
- The Managing Editor is responsible for the management of Section Editors and, through them, each department’s contributors.
1.03 Section Editors
- Excluding the Editorial & Letters Editor, each Section Editor is responsible for managing the contributors of their section. In conjunction with the Managing Editor and the Executive Editor, Section Editors recruit new assistant editors and contributors and ensure the quality and quantity of content produced in their section.
- The Editorial & Letters Editor is responsible for the writing of editorials based on the position of the Editorial Board, and copy editing letters to the editor for publication in the newspaper.
- Regional/Desk Editors are responsible for liaising with the campus news editors in their respective regions to ensure that new stories relevant to the region are being assigned and successfully covered by Herald news contributors. They work with the News Editor, the Executive Editor, and the Managing Editor in recruiting campus news editors and Herald news contributors. Policy calls for two Regional/Desk Editors for British Columbia, one for Alberta, one for Saskatchewan and Manitoba, four for Ontario, two for Quebec, and two for Atlantic Canada.
- Campus News Editors assign local news stories to news contributors on their respective campuses. They work with the News Editor in recruiting journalists for their local campus.
- Featured Columnist is a title offered symbolically to those opinion contributors the Opinion Editor deems to be a titular content creator for the newspaper. Policy calls for the appointment of between three and five Featured Columnists.
- Assistant Opinion Editors recruit local writing talent in their respective regions to act as opinion columnists and contributors for the Herald. Policy calls for their managing between five and ten columnists. They copy edit the work of their respective contributors for publication, and act as a liaison between their contributors and the Opinion Editor and Central Executive. Policy calls for two Assistant Opinion Editors for British Columbia, two for Manitoba or Saskatchewan, two for Alberta, two for Ontario, three for Quebec, and two for Atlantic Canada.
- Contributing Editors are specially recruited by the Central Executive to undertake special content initiatives not enumerated under the Editorial Policy. Their roles are defined by the Central Executive for these special purposes upon their recruitment, and they report directly to the Managing Editor in enacting their duties.
- The Standards Editor is responsible for ensuring that the Herald’s content respects the Standards Policy enacted by the Standards Editor and the Chief Content Officer.
2.01 Responsibilities of the Editorial Board
- The Editorial Board shall meet weekly, barring special circumstances, to debate the upcoming week’s editorial.
- In debating the editorial, the Editorial Board shall respect the competing opinions of Board members and will work to respect and incorporate those competing opinions into the final editorial.
- As determined by the Chief Content Officer, the final editorial must respect the vision set out under the Herald’s Brand Vision Statement and the principles enumerated under its Statement of Principles.
3.00 Board of Governors
- The purpose of the Board of Governors is to provide professional and experienced advice to the Herald’s management in its ongoing development.
- The Board of Governors shall serve a purely advisory role: while it and its members can offer advice, The Prince Arthur Herald maintains full editorial autonomy and any publication decisions remain incumbent upon the newspaper’s Central Executive and Editorial Board.
- The Board of Governors will be composed of up to five volunteers, recruited at the Editorial Board’s discretion, appointed to provide advice based on their expertise and experience relevant to the work and development of the newspaper.
- At its own discretion, the Editorial Board holds the right to appoint an Advisory Board to advise the newspaper of its ongoing development. The Editorial Board has the right to appoint as many members to the Advisory Board as it so desires, to a maximum of five members.
4.00 Writing Guidelines
4.01 Standards Policy & Enforcement
- The Herald seeks to ensure the professionalism of its content through the respect of the writing style and guidelines laid out in its Standards Policy, whose enforcement is the responsibility of the Standards Editor and the Chief Content Officer.
5.01 Content Principles
- The Prince Arthur Herald will not publish content which makes hateful or libelous comments of a discriminatory nature based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability.
- The Prince Arthur Herald also refuses to publish personal attacks on its writers or editors, false quotations or libelous statements, and vulgar, violent, hateful, or legally questionable comments.
- The Herald’s editors will err on the side of caution when determining what content is acceptable under these standards and what is not.
6.01 Respecting Journalistic Objectivity
- The Herald dedicates itself to respecting journalistic standards of impartiality and objectivity.
- The Herald dedicates itself to enforcing strict standards of separation between news content and opinion content. Any content which contains explicit opinion by the author will be identified as an Opinion contribution and placed appropriately in the Opinion section of the publication.
7.00 Letters to the Editor
7.01 Guidelines regarding the publication of Letters to the Editor
- In the interest of open and rigorous debate, the Herald publishes letters to the editor in response to the work of its contributors.
- All letters to the editor must respect the Content Principles laid out in Section 5.1.1 of this policy.
- The Herald makes no guarantees that a letter will be published.
8.01 Corrections Policy
- When the Herald is informed of an error made in content published by our newspaper, the Publisher will act with immediacy in rectifying the error directly within the content in question, and will include a special note within the content noting and apologizing for the prior error.
9.00 French Language Edition
9.01 Application of this Policy to the French Language Edition
- This Editorial Policy respects the autonomous management of the Herald’s French language edition, and any subsequent editions created by Prince Arthur Herald Limited’s Board of Directors, and does not govern the content therein.
- The Herald Editorial Board retains the unique right to publish editorials on behalf of the Prince Arthur Herald establishing the official stance of the newspaper, despite the otherwise autonomous nature of the Herald’s alternate editions.