About

METIOR is a student owned, student run, student targeted publication of Murdoch University. It has a long and proud history spanning decades, launching the careers of students and bringing down a Vice Chancellor or two.

Bravely stepping into the online world in 2015, METIOR has been in print since 1975 and will attempt to digitise those archives over time.

METIOR Policy

Preamble:

Murdoch Empire Telegram and Indian Ocean Review (METIOR) functions as a collaborative blog, carrying editorials, comments, news, feature articles and creative works. The aim of METIOR is to provide a forum for original material generated by and for Murdoch University students. METIOR aims to contribute to debate, to be challenging, thought provoking and entertaining. Further it is expected, that as a publications of the Guild, it will contain Guild reports, updates and should take interest the Murdoch student body whom the Guild represent.

Objectives:

  1. To ensure METIOR is managed for long term sustainability.
  2. To ensure METIOR has editorial independence from the Guild Council.
  3. To ensure METIOR operates within the bounds of the law.

Policy:

  • Management

  1. Editor
    1. The Editor shall be appointed from among the Murdoch student body by the Guild President and outgoing Editor.
    2. The editorship is largely a position of trust in which the Editor assumes the role of interpreting and enforcing the Guild’s publication policy in regard to the publication of which they are Editor to the best of their ability and is given discretionary powers in order to do so. It is understood that the Guild’s limited resources and the time restrictions under which Editor’s operate will make this role difficult from time to time.
    3. The Editor of METIOR is charged with coordinating, editing and compiling submissions; designing and laying out the publication, as well as coordinating printing (where applicable), advertising and distribution of the publication
      1. The Editor may delegate tasks within their scope to other members of the editorial team, but ultimately retains editorial control and responsibility for the publication.
    4. The editor must endeavour to correct grammatical errors, poor expression, poor structure or errors of fact, except those which have been made deliberately for creative writing purposes. As a matter of course the Editor must substitute all discriminatory language with its non-discriminatory alternative. For instance, air hostess is to be replaced by flight attendant. Authors need not be notified of the above changes.
      1. If substantive changes are made to an article by the Editor, the Editor must endeavour to consult with the author prior to publication in order to obtain their consent.
    5. The Editor is required to behave in a fashion that is fair, open-minded and non-discriminatory.
    6. The Editor is encouraged to write editorials and feature articles where appropriate.
    7. Where appropriate the Editor will solicit material, undertake negotiations with contributors, seek legal advice, and call meetings of contributors.
    8. The Editor must endeavour to obtain the real names of all contributors as well as email addresses and phone number. Where this is not possible, the Editor may use their discretionary powers to decide if the anonymous contribution is appropriate for publication.
    9. The Editor is has the following discretionary powers in order to perform the role:
      1. delay posting an article;
      2. withhold an article from publication indefinitely;
      3. select posted articles for inclusion in print editions;
      4. withhold an author’s real name;
      5. censor an article;
      6. invite a person or body to respond to articles received for publication;
  2. The Publisher
    1. For the scope of this regulation, the publishing date is deemed to be when the document concerned is, for print documents, approved for print (following proof) or distributed to students (for online media).
    2. The Publisher for METIOR is the The Murdoch University Guild of Students.
    3. Guild Council will, for the purposes of this document, nominate a Publisher that will act on the behalf of the Council.
  3. The Publishing Nominee
    1. The Publishing Nominee will generally fall in the Guild lines of authority:
      1. Guild President
      2. Education Vice President
      3. General Secretary
      4. Projects Manager
      5. In the event that none of these people are available or eligible, Guild Council will nominate a councillor to serve in this capacity.
    2. Scope of Authority
      1. The Publishing Nominee has scope, within the bounds of this regulation, to the following prior to first and subsequent publications
        1. Require changes to content
        2. Remove content from publications
        3. Refuse to consent to release of any publication
        4. The Publishing Nominee may undertake any of the above actions without the consultation of council.
        5. The Publishing Nominee has scope, within the bounds of this regulation, to the following after first publication
        6. Require removal of the publication from circulation
        7. Require removal of certain elements of publications from circulation
        8. Issue retractions, apologies and withdrawals on behalf of the Guild, both independently and in subsequent issues of the appropriate publication.
    3. Dispute Resolution
      1. As the Publishing Nominee is at all times required to report actions undertaken in this role to Guild Council, they must be able to justify any action taken.
      2. If Guild Council is sufficiently dissatisfied with any justification offered for actions taken before publication, the nomination of Publisher may be revoked and a new publisher nominated for that publication.
      3. If Guild Council is sufficiently dissatisfied with any justification offered for actions taken after publication, the nomination of Publisher may be revoked for subsequent publications, and a new publisher nominated for subsequent publications.
      4. Guild Council, as the Publisher, make decisions regarding any published works of the Guild, whether before or after publication.
      5. In the event of a disagreement between an editor and a publisher, and no adequate compromise can be made, Guild Council should decide the appropriate course of action.
    4. Termination of Duties
      1. The Publishing Nominee will be revoked of their duties for unpublished documents at council’s discretion. Action taken in this capacity by council is immediate.
      2. The Publishing Nominee should not be revoked of their duties for published documents by council. Council can overrule any decision made by the Publishing Nominee, however Council should exhaust all other remedial options before exercising this discretion.
      3. The Publishing Nominee will cease in this capacity should they at any time no longer be serving on the Guild Council due to either
        1. Resignation as Councillor
        2. Ineligibility to serve on Council
        3. Fulfilment of tenure as Councillor
    5. The Publishing Nominee is revoked for all issued publications at end council tenure, each year, even should that person be continuing on as councillor.
  • Independence

  1. METIOR is a magazine written by students, for students. METIOR will encompass broad views from the range of student experiences on campus, inclusive of all gender, sexual, ethnic, cultural and faith identities. This must be considered when editing and reviewing for publication. Articles should not be removed on the basis of disagreement with their argument, content or bias.
  2. METIOR is not subject to the whims of Guild Councillors and is not required to remove any material without appropriate legal justification as outlined below.
  • Legal

  1. Censorship
    1. If any possible legal or undesirable ramifications arising from an article are foreseen by the Editor, they must contact the author and undertake negotiations in order to minimise or eliminate such ramifications. If negations are unsuccessful the Editor must use their discretionary powers to decide the fate of the article.
    2. If any submission is critical or inappropriately toned without substantive evidence, the Editor must endeavour to contact the author and undertake negotiations to either establish the truth and the degree of student interest, or withdraw the offending material.
    3. If any material is found to be unfairly discriminatory on the basis of sex, religion, race, sexual preference, age, disability, or ethnicity the Editor must contact the author and undertake negotiations in order to either alter the offending material, or to withdraw it. If these negotiations are unsuccessful or not possible and the material remains discriminatory then the Editor must use discretionary powers to decide either to censor the offending material or to withhold the article.
    4. Any articles raising concern under 3.1 and subclauses must be noted specifically to the Publishing Nominee for consideration and recommendation.
  2. The Editor must endeavour to give all contributors a copy of the Editorial Regulations and Guidelines prior to or upon receiving their contributions.
  3. That all submissions published in METIOR remain intellectual property of their creator, however METIOR reserves the right to republish the submission in subsequent publications.
  4. METIOR shall publish the following disclaimer in each printed edition and on the website: “METIOR is published by the Murdoch Guild of Students, Amenities Building, Murdoch University South St Campus. The METIOR’s operation costs, space and administrative support are financed by the Murdoch Guild of Students. METIOR is printed under the governance of the Murdoch Guild Council. All expressions are published on the basis that they are not to be regarded as the opinions of the Guild unless specifically stated. The Guild accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions or information contained within this newspaper, nor does it endorse any of the advertisements and insertions.”