Standards & Ethics

MISSION

A Miner Detail’s mission is to inform and equip the public with authentic news and information to inspire a profound appreciation and understanding of Maryland politics and current events and government and its leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.

In effect, A Miner Detail generates, acquires, and disseminates news that invariably meets journalism’s highest standards.

STANDARDS

A Miner Detail is an independent, nonpartisan multimedia news outlet that distributes information only before meeting the strictest newsgathering standards.

Its staff practices authentic journalism – accurately, fairly, independently, and categorically.

We are fair, transparent, timely, accurate, unbiased, and impartial. Every opportunity to gather news, report the facts, and disseminate information is done to bolster the public trust in our organization.

Our news is gathered with integrity and deference to all parties involved.

A Miner Detail works indefatigably to earn the public’s trust and be worthy of the profession we practice.

METHODS

A Miner Detail’s purpose is to responsibly gather every story’s facts in pursuit of indisputable, abject truth. Our newsgathering process is held to the strictest of journalist standards.

We verify every minor detail; we double, triple, and quadruple check sources, as we ensure our sources’ motivations are purely related to the value of delivering news or exposing a fundamental truth. All sources are strenuously vetted and robustly questioned.

A Miner Detail rests on its integrity.

Its editors constantly and consistently seek to conduct themselves to prove their worthiness to the public.

A Miner Detail’s foremost allegiance is to the public and the public alone. Personal and professional interests may sometimes conflict; however, A Miner Detail will invariably disclose loyalties or connections to individuals and groups in the form of an unequivocal disclaimer.

OPINION vs. REPORTING 

A Miner Detail occasionally provides political commentary separate from its reporting. All writing is precisely and unambiguously labeled as such.

ACCOUNTABILITY & CORRECTIONS 

A Miner Detail is supremely accountable to its readers and the public.

We take absolute responsibility for our work: We stand at the ready to disclose our newsgathering methods and tools at a moment’s notice.

Mistakes in journalism are inevitable. If mistakes are made, A Miner Detail immediately and forthrightly corrects the record with its readers. Moreover, A Miner Detail seeks to understand how a mistake was made and learn to avoid future mistakes.

We are not immune to criticism. We strongly believe in the value of debate and discussion. We believe healthy feedback makes us more robust, and it helps us do our jobs better to inform the public.

If you believe we have made a mistake, we encourage you to contact us immediately.

A Miner Detail invariably makes its news decisions on the merits of the facts and wherever the story leads. We do not make news decisions or show deference to our financial contributors or advertisers.

We do not skew our news stories for preferential gain, and we are not influenced by anything but the pursuit of truth. Any effort to unfairly or inappropriately skew our news coverage will be newsworthy in and out of itself.

And we do not scare easily.

Any effort to intimidate or bully A Miner Detail will be met as a challenge to work harder to expose the subject’s underlying motivations (s) involved.

OWNERSHIP AND FUNDING 

A Miner Detail is owned and operated by Miner Media LLC and is a registered Limited Liability Company in the state of Maryland. A Miner Detail Editor in Chief Ryan Miner is Miner Media LLC’s listed resident agent, chief operating officer, publisher, and senior reporter.

Miner Media LLC’s listed address is 30 Sebastiani Blvd, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878.

A Miner Detail’s funding is primarily in the form of donations from its loyal friends and supporters. We accept PayPal donations. A Miner Detail does not receive funding from political candidates, political action committees (PACs), lobbyists, or other political brokers. We are an independent site funded by the goodwill of our readers.