Advertising Policy

The Ridge is a Constellation Media publication.

Constellation Media is committed to unbiased, independent journalism. Funds from advertising and sponsorship allow Constellation Media publications to cover operating costs and expand operations. The following policy outlines how Constellation Media publications protect journalistic integrity and the trust of readers while working with sponsors.

POLICY

All advertising policies are independent of editorial decisions. Constellation Media does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in any Constellation Media publications or website. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors. Sponsor messages may not be deceptive or misleading. Sponsor messages should clearly identify the sponsor and the product or service being offered.

SCOPE

This policy covers all functions within Constellation Media publications and any affiliates that involve sponsorship operations

RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the responsibility of the Editor and other staff to ensure compliance with this policy.

PROCEDURE

Constellation Media has the right to decline any sponsorship that, in its sole discretion, is incompatible with its mission or inconsistent with the values of our publications/websites. Constellation Media has the right to stop sponsorships previously accepted.

Constellation Media has no conflict of interest in what, when, or how we publish content, regardless of sponsorship status. In no case shall separate agreements with Constellation Media or its affiliates supersede this policy.

  • All native/content advertisements/sponsorship are labeled with “sponsored” text, i.e., sponsored by, made possible by, in partnership with, together with, a message from.
  • Ads that contain a URL or domain in the body must link to that same URL or domain.
  • Ads must send users to the same landing page when the ad is clicked.
  • Landing pages cannot use any of the spam behavior which is recognized as malware.
  • Ads must directly relate to the content on the landing page.
  • Ads must clearly represent the company, product and/or service that is being advertised.

VIOLATIONS

Violations of this policy may lead to consequences up to and including the removal of the ad being served on Constellation Media sites and related materials.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS

Constellation Media reserves the right to modify or terminate this Policy with or without notice.

Constellation Media Sponsorship Complaints

Please send complaints about sponsorship to [email protected]

Partnership Clause

Constellation Media retains editorial control of our content in all circumstances. Funding partners do not have input into the stories that will be produced, are not aware of specific stories we are working on, do not review them before publication, and do not have special access to reporters. We will always disclose who our funding partners are to our readers. Partners must sign a clause agreeing to editorial independence before entering into a partnership with Constellation Media.

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