Editorial Policy, Standards & Complaints

 

Our Editorial Policies outline the guiding principles of our editorial approach and the enforceable standards our staff must follow in a searchable format. Man of Many adheres to the standards established by the Australian Press Council and will enact requests made by the council.

To submit a complaint, please contact us at [email protected]. Further information on our complaints process can be found further below along with details on our editorial policy and standards.

Table of Contents:

Editorial Policy & Standards

Man of Many has a strict, ongoing commitment to ensure all editorial news content published is factually accurate, balanced, ethical and well-researched. Man of Many complies with the following Australian Press Council Principles and other Standards of Practice:

Independence Accuracy and Clarity

As a consumer-centric publication, Man of Many’s editorial independence and integrity is critical to our operation. The Digital Editor is responsible for ensuring standards are upheld and holds editorial power in content delivery.

Additionally, Man of Many has a duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is accurate according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. Our editorial standards require that reasonable efforts must be made to ensure accuracy in all fact-based content.

Standards:

1. Man of Many ensures that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion.

2. Man of Many provides a correction or other adequate remedial action if published material is significantly inaccurate or misleading.

Fairness and Balance

Man of Many has a duty to ensure that the gathering and distribution of news and information are impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. Impartiality does not require that every perspective receives equal coverage, nor that every facet of every argument is presented.

Standards:

3. Man of Many ensures that factual material is presented with reasonable fairness and balance and that writers’ expressions of opinion are not based on significantly inaccurate factual material or omission of key facts.

4. Man of Many ensures that where material refers adversely to a person, a fair opportunity is given for subsequent publication of a reply if that is reasonably necessary to address a possible breach of General Principle 3.

Privacy and Avoidance of Harm

Privacy is necessary to human dignity and every person reasonably expects that their privacy will be respected. Man of Many respects this right and recognises the responsibility for protecting privacy and preventing harm

Standards:

5. Man of Many avoids intruding on a person’s reasonable expectations of privacy unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

6. Man of Many avoids causing or contributing materially to substantial offence, distress or prejudice, or a substantial risk to health or safety unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

Integrity and Transparency

Man of Many recognises that integrity and transparency are essential to maintaining trust with audiences and those who participate in or are otherwise directly affected by our content. We commit to avoiding misleading material and maintain a duty to ensure that the gathering and presentation of news and information is impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism. In the instance where conflicts of interests may arise, Man of Many will ensure they are adequately disclosed and that they do not influence published material.

Standards:

9. Man of Many avoids publishing material that has been gathered by deceptive or unfair means unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

10. Man of Many ensure that conflicts of interest are avoided or adequately disclosed and that they do not influence published material.

Feedback Policy

Man of Many welcomes feedback on its content and encourages an open discussion and public engagement with our readers to help in setting our coverage priorities and ensuring accuracy. If you could like to provide any feedback on our content, coverage decisions, reporting or any activities after publication to either provoke, alter or expand a story please email [email protected].

Corrections & Updates Policy

Factual errors require correction and acknowledgement by an editor at the beginning or end of the article. Updating text for clarity, style or spelling does not require acknowledgement. When a story has advanced significantly within a week of publication, an update may be added.

Anonymous Sources

Quoting anonymous sources is advisable only when there is a legitimate fear of personal or professional reprisal on stories pertaining to the public good. Sole anonymous sources without additional documentation will rarely if ever, be the basis for stories published on Man of Many.

Bylines, Datelines and Credit Lines

Bylines, datelines and credit lines should accurately convey to readers the source of reporting. All articles should have a byline and contact information for the writer so readers know who to contact if there is an error or issue.

No Bylines Policy:

On some articles or pages, you will see bylines from Man of Many rather than our staff or contributors. This byline may be used in place if no user account is available for a contributing author. An author bio will still be included at the end of the article of all guest posts.

Further, through our staff-written editorials and opinion, we may take positions on important issues affecting our readership, from climate change to mental health. The editorials are unsigned because, while written by one or more members of our staff, they represent the point of view of our news organization’s management and not an individual writer.

Fact-Checking Policy and Standards

Man of Many holds accuracy sacrosanct and always strives to authenticate data and material used in stories. Material and information are gathered from respected and high-level publications and organisations and double-checked. Those providing information are chosen from respected and ethical companies, official bodies and publications. We always confirm facts with subject-matter experts or available official data. We make clear technical terms and statistics in a clear way to readers, and provide evidence against source documents if necessary. We stand by the information as accurate, and if not, we will correct it as quickly as possible and be transparent about the magnitude of the error. Any query by a reader will be thoroughly investigated and verified before a correction or clarification is issued.

Advertising & Sponsorship Policy

Man of Many understands that transparency is critical to ensuring trust. We commit to adequate disclosing the relevant nature of advertising and sponsorship. The material will be clearly marked and demonstrate transparency in its publication.

Man of Many strives to be the most trusted source of product information and coverage. We’re committed to providing approachable, authoritative and well-researched content that inspires, educates and promotes positive purchasing decisions. The content and experiences produced by Man of Many are created under strict editorial guidelines to ensure accuracy, currency, and clarity.

A proudly independent publication, Man of Many is funded through the sale of advertising that appears on its properties, which include websites, apps, social media, and partner publications. In most cases, we offer co-created or branded content in partnership with our sponsors, and/or present content created by our sponsors. This content is always clearly labelled to ensure maximum transparency as per the below guidelines.

  • All written advertising content is reviewed – No written content appears on Man of Many without first being approved by our Editor. We reserve the right to reject, cancel, or remove any ads at any time and for any reason. We will provide prompt notice to the advertiser upon rejection, cancellation, or removal of any ad, along with an explanation. It should be noted that we also use third-party Service Providers such as Google AdSense to show display advertisements to help support and maintain our service. Some of these ads are served programmatically and tailored for the user. Man of Many is not responsible for and does not endorse any such advertising, products or resource available from such programmatic advertising.
  • We will not accept certain advertisements – First and foremost, our commitment is to our readers. As such, we will accept nor publish any content that goes against our editorial policy or that will contradict our ethics. available. Man of Many will not permit, at any time, the placement of any ad for harmful, illegal, or objectionable products or services. Ads must not contain fraudulent, deceptive, or offensive material, including material that misrepresents, ridicules or attacks an individual or group on the basis of age, colour, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. All ads must clearly identify the advertiser and any ad that could be misconstrued as editorial content will be clearly labelled as an advertisement.
  • Ads must be distinguished from editorial – As per our editorial policy, we maintain a distinct separation between advertisements and editorial content. All ads on Man of Many properties are clearly and unambiguously identified as such.
  • Affiliate revenue – Our editors can careful consideration in identifying products to be featured on Man of Many. As part of the creation process, we may receive a payment if you make a purchase at the retailer’s site within a certain time period of clicking on one of the links we provide. Learn more about our affiliate policy here.

Affiliate Policy & Disclosure

As a team of passionate product journalists and creatives, our mission is simple: to provide readers with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision. At Man of Many, we pride ourselves on publishing independent product and service reviews that put our readers first, and high-quality, impartial content will always be our number one priority. Every product featured in our reviews or features has been carefully curated by our in-house editorial team or our team of freelance reporters.

We believe that products have the power to enrich and empower the lives of our readers and we base our editorial decisions on this practice. Our team of expert editors spends hundreds of hours per week researching products, conducting hands-on tests, interviewing industry professionals, consulting market research and reviewing consumer feedback to craft and curate our comprehensive reviews. Our product coverage isn’t based on algorithms or data capture, all products are hand-selected by us from our research and testing.

That said, when you purchase a product through a link on our website, we may earn an affiliate commission. This is now a common media practice used by many notable sites and a key revenue pillar for digital publications.

Here’s how it works: When you click a link on one of our pages that goes to an affiliate retailer, the URL automatically notes that you came from Man of Many. If you purchase that product, we may earn a small commission that helps pay for our time and effort. Importantly this process doesn’t cost you more—the price is the same as if you went directly to the site.

These products are chosen independently, after careful research and review. If a manufacturer or retailer has paid for any editorial placement on our website, it is noted clearly with a Sponsored Content tag and clear disclosure.

Maintaining trust with our readers is the cornerstone of our editorial policy and critical to ensuring a lasting legacy of accurate product journalism. We will continue to review and discuss products honestly and independently with one simple goal: to help you find the best products possible.

If you have any questions about our affiliate links, please send an email to [email protected].

Ethics Policy

Click here to read Man of Many’s Ethics Policy Statement.

Privacy Policy

Click here to read Man of Many’s Privacy Policy

Complaints Process

On receiving the complaint, a member of Man of Many‘s complaints-handling staff will obtain any further details which he or she considers necessary at this stage. The Director then decides whether the complaint should not be considered further because:

  • it does not meet the requirements about what can be complained about, or who can make a complaint, or when and how a complaint should be made (see Making a Complaint); or
  • it is more appropriate for consideration by some other process (such as referral to a third party, amendment of processes; or referring the complaint for consideration by the Australian Press Council or a similar industry body); or
  • Man of Many has already received a complaint and considers the matter sufficiently remedied.
  • even if the facts alleged in the complaint are correct, it is unlikely that a breach of the Man of Many‘s Editorial Guidelines or the Australian Press Council’s Standards of Practice has occurred; or
  • the extent to which consideration of the complaint might require Man of Many to commit greater resources than is reasonably proportionate to the significance of the likely breaches; or
  • for some other reason, the complaint is inappropriate for further consideration.

“Secondary Complaints”

Where the complainant is not personally identified or directly affected by the published material, the complaint may be considered as a “secondary complaint”.

In this situation, the Director also takes into account the following considerations, in addition to those mentioned in the previous paragraph, when deciding whether the matter should be considered further:

  • the risk of aggravating any possible invasion of privacy or other harm caused to people or organisations which are directly affected by the material; or
  • the extent to which informing the complainant, the media industry and the general public whether a particular type of breach has occurred may provide an important example of the application of the Man of Many‘s Standards, even if people or organisations directly affected by it do not wish to make or endorse a complaint themselves or they cannot be contacted; or
  • the extent to which consideration of the complaint might require the commitment of greater resources by Man of Many or the complainant than is reasonably proportionate to the significance of the possible breaches; or
  • the extent to which the matter requires the primary person’s input and/or participation.

Multiple Complaints

Where there are several separate complaints about the same material, the Director may decide to involve only one or some of the complainants in further consideration of the material. Where practicable, complainants will be notified individually of that decision and of the final outcome. Otherwise, the outcome of matters involving a significant number of complainants will be published on the Council’s website.

Handling of a Complaint

Unless the Director decides to discontinue consideration of the complaint, Man of Many will promptly respond to the complaint by telephone call or email.

The phone call and/or email will focus on whether Man of Many has already taken action in relation to a direct complaint about the material in question or may be willing to consider doing so in relation to the complaint.

Discontinuance

If the Director decides to discontinue consideration of a complaint, the complainant will be informed accordingly and may seek review of that decision, provided the request is received within seven days of being notified.

If a review is not sought or is unsuccessful, the complaint will be considered resolved.

Review / Escallation

Should the complaint fail to be discontinued or resolved as a result of these initial processes, or in cases where the complainant disagrees with the resolution of the matter, Man of Many recommends that the complainant submit the complaint for consideration by the Australian Press Council, eg. via their online complaints form.

Regardless of its membership status, the initial source of the complaint; or any prior resolution or discontinuance attempted by Man of Many, it will cooperate with any requests made by the Council, and publish any adjudication by it.