STATEMENTof Ethics of ACO.
Launched in 2004, TJ Morris dba ACIR
Has been publishing on the Internet as TJ Morris Agency – News-Media-Publishing. ACO Club- ACO Association as open source blogs and emagazines. A history backed weekly then monthly magazine distributed in Ohio County, Kentucky was home until 2016.
American Communications Online launched April 5, 2018. TJ Morris ACIR PRESS has operated under a strict ethics policy that ensures its editorial independence and the integrity of its journalism. All of our editorial staff are required to abide by the following guidelines, many of which exceed standards in our industry. Tony R. Elliott joined TJ Morris in 2007. Earning and keeping the trust of our audience is, and always will be, at the core of TJ Morris-ACIR-ACO’s mission.
We share in the world various ways to distribute and have affiliates including in broadcast media many links and platforms to help us “Get the word out.”
With various ways to share media, news, publishing in this world today andon the internet we have found social media and public relations plays an important role. We subscribe to it is important to keep a web presence which includes websites and social media.
Paid for advertising across countless platforms and formats, is more important than ever to promote clear ethical guidelines that allow audiences to know the original source of information. The basics of who, what, when, where, why, and how and sometimes how many are the basic reporting ways and researching where information comes from and whether it can be trusted is our management concern.
Our most valuable asset is the independence that allows us to publish stories we can access in freedom of speech as our truth which is place in our ACO Association websites. We share ACIR-ACO Administration and editorial advancement for our members who trust and value our services to the public as our audience….
We tell stories researched by several before printing that people in power would prefer not to see the light of day. We enjoy independence as journalists, reporters, researchers who do their best to represent their own area of their country and the world. We ask our members to let us know what they feel is important to report back to our ACO Association Press members.
American Communications Online has an editorial team which is required to follow a strict code of conduct. We enforce an editorial team in the field based on the state involved and our company’s advertising teams (addressed more in detail below).
Here are the ACIR-ACO core guidelines in our code of conduct in our reporting team memberships:-
- We don’t accept things of value from companies or from their PR firms, period
- We do not accept preconditions for coverage of a story that require us to say certain things
- We do not give subjects of our reporting the ability to preview or approve interview questions, nor do we allow them to review our stories before we publish
- We do not allow reporters to cover people or companies where they have a personal conflict
- We do not make paid endorsements of any kind
- We do not personally invest in companies we cover
- Our editorial team does not produce paid content, ever
Our policy against receiving anything of value from companies we cover includes, but is not limited to, things like gifts, meals, discounted services, or paid trips and junkets. American Communications Online, ACO Association, TJ Morris Media pays for all travel expenses to all events, including transportation, food, and hotels.
In addition to standards that preserve our independence, TJ Morris-ACIR-ACO’s reporters are expected to abide by industry-standard ethical guidelines for reporting. This means that our editorial team takes great care to learn the truth and report it, protect sources, minimize risk of harm, and strive for accuracy and honesty in everything we publish. We use the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics as a baseline for the professional conduct of our editorial staff.
TJ Morris Media employs a dedicated advertising team responsible for selling advertising space on our properties. Any feature on a TJ Media brand sponsored by the ACO Creative and Sales teams is clearly marked as an “Advertiser Content.” Advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of TJ Morris Media or our editorial teams. ACO Association Creative and Sales teams have their own set of guidelines and policies for developing content and do not infringe on the creative agency of editorial teams.
Our editorial teams do not directly accept money or other consideration from individuals or entities as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable, however some of our editorial content is made possible through the support of sponsors. This content is clearly marked as content “Presented” by the applicable sponsor. Our sponsors may select which content they wish to support; however, we do not allow our Sales teams, ACO Event Managers Creative, or our sponsors to control or interfere with the editorial integrity of our editorial teams and the content they create.
Some of our content may contain marketing links, which means we will receive a commission for purchases made via those links. In our editorial content these affiliate links appear automatically, and our editorial teams are not influenced by our affiliate partnerships.
TJ Morris Media does employ a commerce team to optimize certain content for affiliate revenue, and such content is marked as such by including a similar affiliate links disclosure. We work with several providers (currently Skimlinks and Rakuten Marketing ) to manage our affiliate relationships and you can find out more about their services by visiting their sites.
TJ Morris dba ACIR-ACO American Communications Online is a multimedia brand that is distributed across many platforms, including our own site on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Our editorial standards apply to all of our platforms.
ACO Club Creative does, on occasion, distribute sponsored editorial content and paid branded content through our distributed platforms. They are clearly labeled as “Presented By” (for editorial sponsorships) or “Paid Content” (for branded content) in the post, and further labeled using platform-specific tools such as the Facebook handshake.
CORRECTIONS & UPDATES
Despite making every effort to be accurate in our reporting, sometimes we get something wrong. If we discover a mistake in a story, our editors will promptly issue a correction that removes the inaccurate information and adds a notice of correction that explains the error as redacted.
In some cases, like if an inaccuracy is contained in a video, we may have to remove the original piece of content and replace it with a version in which the error is omitted.
Sometimes more information about a story we’ve published becomes available that either continues the narrative or clarifies the original story but is not a correction. In certain cases, we may add and/or change elements of the original story. These updates will be clearly noted at the bottom of the story, indicating the time of the change and a note describing what was changed.
Additionally, we may remove content if we believe it infringes on the intellectual property rights of a third party, or otherwise violate any third party rights, or breach any applicable law or regulation. These decisions are made in concert with TJ Morris – ACIR – ACO Media’s legal team.
Advising our audience about the best way to spend their time and money is one of our most important responsibilities. Our reviews always contain the honest, independent assessments of our editorial team. Companies may loan products (like laptops and smartphones) to our editors for a limited period of time so we can evaluate them and determine whether to review them. Occasionally, we will keep a review unit for an extended period of time to fully evaluate it and software updates over time. We may also agree to an “embargo” with a company or PR firm that allows us to evaluate their product prior to its release.
We do not invest in companies we cover, and employees are forbidden from trading or buying stock in companies we cover or companies in the general technology sector.
ACO American Communications Online, TJ Morris Media News Publishing – ACIR ’s retirement savings programs may hold some of these restricted stocks, but these funds are not managed directly by employees.
Additionally, our employees are forbidden from owning or trading in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
Employees of American Communications Online may not be otherwise employed by or receive compensation from companies that they are likely to cover, nor are they permitted to have any advisory role (paid or unpaid) at those companies. In general, writers and editors of TJ Morris dba ACIR, ACO American Communications Online are not allowed to conduct journalism for other publications without express permission of the Editor-In-Chief.
From time to time, TJ Morris Media, TJ Morris Agency, ACO American Communications Online will conduct contests and giveaways for our audiences. We will post rules for each contest and giveaway, which will be binding to individuals who decide to participate. While giveaways or contests may be sponsored by an advertiser or partner, they are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the entities involved or their products.
ACO American Communications Online and TJ Morris Media News Publishing, ACIR has directors who work with our attorneys and accountants.
We separate our investors and their personal interests in culture, science, technologies, hobbies, politics, religion, ethnic origin, and abide by all lawful orders in the United States of America and internationally.
Our independent writer and authors book club’s creativity to report the news is based on why we recruit independents who want to report unbiased news.
We express to all our investors that we do not endorse vendors at our events, do not include investor products, services for them at our events.
Our ACO Events invite our investors however, in our programs we provide, a non-compete clause with our investors. Our content is created with total editorial independence from these investors. None of our investors have influence on the content we publish or access to our editorial and publication process unless we have an agreement with an investor that specifically contemplates a content-creation partnership. If such a partnership exists, then this would be clearly disclosed to the ACO American Communications Online and TJ Morris Agency and TJ Morris Media audience. We will also remind audiences of our relationship with major investors when we write directly about the business or other activities of such investors.
From time to time, ACO American Communications Online and TJ Morris Media’s Partnerships team engages with other businesses, brands, and organizations whose activities resonate with the company as a whole, or with one or more of our editorial teams. These partnerships do not impact the content that our editorial teams independently publish. Our Partnerships team, however, may create content as part of these partnerships, and we may publish this content on our editorial sites. In these cases, we will include a disclosure to describe the nature of the relationship between our editorial brand(s) and the partner(s) and the extent to which our editorial teams were involved in the creation of the content
We’re always interested in hearing from you if you have a concern about our ethical standards. If you see something that doesn’t look right on our websites, in our publications, on our radio shows or videos, please contact our office and agent.