Editorial policies


The Vallejo Sun strives for accuracy and reliability in all our reporting. However, errors occasionally occur despite our best efforts. When mistakes are brought to our attention, we are committed to promptly correcting them and maintaining transparency with our readers.

We are committed to transparency regarding our reporting process and any errors that may occur. Corrections will be made for factual inaccuracies, misspellings, incorrect dates, and other substantive errors that could mislead or misinform readers.

In cases where a correction is necessary due to an error on our part, we will take responsibility and acknowledge the mistake without placing blame on external sources.

Corrections procedure:

  1. Notification: If you believe you have identified an error in one of our articles, please notify us immediately via email at editor@vallejosun.com or contacting one of our reporters directly.
  2. Verification: Upon receiving a notification of a potential error, our editorial team will review the issue to determine its validity.
  3. Correction: If an error is confirmed, we will promptly correct it and update the article with the accurate information.
  4. Acknowledgment: Corrections will be clearly identified at the bottom of the corrected article. We will include a note explaining the nature of the error and the accurate information.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our corrections policy, please contact us at editor@vallejosun.com. Your feedback is invaluable as we continue to uphold the highest standards of accuracy and integrity in our reporting.

Editorial independence

The Vallejo Sun retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Conflicts of interests

The Vallejo Sun is committed to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity, impartiality, and transparency. The credibility of our organization depends on the trust of our audience, and we recognize that conflicts of interest can compromise our ability to report fairly and accurately. Therefore, it is imperative that all staff, board members, and freelancers adhere to this Conflict of Interest Policy to maintain the integrity of our reporting.

This policy applies to all individuals associated with the Vallejo Sun, including but not limited to full-time staff, part-time staff, board members, and freelancers.

  1. Disclosure of conflicts: Any individual who has a personal, financial, or professional interest that could potentially influence their journalistic judgment must disclose such conflicts of interest to their editor or supervisor promptly upon becoming aware of the conflict. All disclosures of conflicts of interest will be treated as confidential by Vallejo Sun management, with information shared only on a need-to-know basis.
  2. Recusal from coverage: Individuals with a conflict of interest must recuse themselves from any news coverage, reporting, or editing duties related to the subject matter in which they have a conflict. This includes refraining from writing, editing, or making decisions about the publication of any content that could be perceived as biased due to the conflict.
  3. Editorial oversight: The Vallejo Sun's leadership team will review disclosed conflicts of interest on a case-by-case basis and determine the appropriate course of action, which may include reassigning coverage, seeking additional perspectives, or providing transparency to readers about the conflict.
  4. Transparency: When a conflict of interest cannot be avoided, the Vallejo Sun will provide full disclosure to our audience to maintain transparency and trust. This may include acknowledging the conflict in the published content or providing a disclaimer explaining the circumstances surrounding the conflict.
  5. Enforcement: Failure to comply with this Conflict of Interest Policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or freelance contracts, depending on the severity of the violation.