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, disseminates and publishes news-worthy stories – 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.

The site’s editors painstakingly verify every minor detail published. Moreover, the editors verify its sources and ensure their motivations are ethically responsible and conflict-free.

A Miner Detail‘s editors exhaustively vet their sources.

DISCLOSURES

Personal and professional interests may sometimes conflict; however, the site’s editors pledge to invariably disclose relationships or any underlying ethical concerns or connections to individuals and groups related to the story by providing a disclaimer within the published content.

OPINION vs. REPORTING 

A Miner Detail offers political commentary, separate from its reporting.

All opinion content will be labeled accordingly. 

ACCOUNTABILITY & CORRECTIONS 

A Miner Detail is accountable to its readers.

The site’s editors accept responsibility for their reporting, and they never hesitate to disclose their newsgathering methods.

Journalistic oversights can occur, however.

A Miner Detail‘s editors will examine all oversights brought to their collective attention. Should an oversight occur, A Miner Detail’s editors pledge to issue a swift correction, taking ownership of any mistake published within a piece of content.

Moreover, A Miner Detail’s editors pledge to examine how oversights are made and avoid similar mistakes in future reporting.

A Miner Detail’s editors are not immune to criticism.

Ryan and Eric believe in the value of debate and discussion; they believe, fundamentally, that all feedback is critical to the advancement of journalism, ensuring the news is reported fairly and responsibly.

Please contact Ryan or Eric immediately if you believe an oversight was published.

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.

Efforts to intimidate, harass, or bully A Miner Detail’s editors will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

A Miner Detail’s editors will not hesitate to take legal action against any individual or business entity in the event they are intentionally harassed, physically threatened, libeled, or slandered.

OWNERSHIP AND FUNDING 

A Miner Detail is owned and operated by “Miner Media LLC DBA A Miner Detail” and is a registered Maryland Limited Liability Company.

Editor in Chief Ryan Miner is Miner Media LLC‘s listed resident agent.

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.

The site happily and graciously accepts PayPal donations.

A Miner Detail does not receive funding from political candidates, political action committees (PACs), lobbyists, or other political brokers.