Ethics, Standards, and Corrections

The Modern World prides itself in upholding core journalistic principles of integrity and accountability. As such, we expect all MW members to abide by these rules and principles as a condition of membership. 

Writers may not have financial or personal conflicts of interest regarding a story they seek to cover. 

All information must be attributable. 

Anonymous sources are permitted, and anonymity must be respected where requested or else the information cannot be used. 

Interviews require informed consent from the interviewee. 

The MW avoids any behavior that generates a conflict of interest for the organization that affects our ability to fairly and accurately cover a story. 

The MW actively strives for fair and accurate coverage. Biases, rumors, and distortions are not welcome at the MW. 

Plagiarism and lack of respect for copyrights is unacceptable. 

The MW does not accept any gifts offered to the MW or its members exclusively as it represents a conflict of interest.

The MW is not a vehicle for obscenity, vulgarity, hateful speech, or propaganda. Any deviation from this principle means that the reproduction of a slur, for example, was journalistically necessary. 

Quotations and information must not be taken out of context. Citations are necessary to provide the necessary background for the reader to generate an informed opinion. 

Victims’ privacy must be preserved in instances of crimes against minors, sexual violence, or other extreme abuse. Deviations are due to the victims’ name already being public knowledge or the express and informed consent of the victim to have their real name used.


Pieces written by MW staff undergo a five step editing process with fact checking in each round. Pieces are required to cite a multitude of sources in order to meet publication criteria. MW staff pieces are non-editorial and reflect an academic perspective on relevant international affairs. 

Articles, such as interviews, that include opinion are always explicitly delineated as such. Guest writers undergo a four step editing process with fact checking in each round. Guest pieces always reflect the views of the author. 


The MW encourages readers to submit complaints about errors in articles. The MW Editorial Staff will review complaints and issue corrections as appropriate. Please submit your correction complaints to with the article link, the error in question, and the proposed correction. Staff writers are expected to notify the appropriate editor immediately should they realize a correction is warranted.