Guest Author Guidelines and Rules
As a guest author for Investorturf, we welcome your contributions and appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts and opinions with our readers. However, we have a few rules and guidelines that you must adhere to:
You must not engage in stock bashing. This means that you cannot write articles that spread false or misleading information about a publicly traded company with the intent to manipulate the stock price. This is illegal under SEC Rule 10b-5.
Your article will not be published straight away for the public to read. It will require an admin to manually approve it. If an admin finds anything that may be illegal under stock securities laws, they may not approve it.
We welcome different views, but they must always be balanced. Writing an article solely for the purpose of bashing a publicly traded company will not be tolerated, and we may terminate your account if you are caught doing so.
We recommend that you disclose if you hold a position in the securities or crypto you're writing about. This is to avoid breaking SEC Rule 10b-5, which prohibits insider trading.
You are free to link your social media accounts to the article you wrote.
You agree that you are only volunteering and will not be paid for your work. This may change in the future, but not right now.
We reserve the right to delete your article at any time. We may give a reason, but we are not obligated to.
You must not write any defamatory content. This means that you cannot make false statements that harm the reputation of a person or company. Doing so could result in legal consequences under defamation laws.
If you do write defamatory content, Investorturf is not responsible, and you must face any legal consequences yourself.
All Opinion Articles Must be Clearly Labelled as "Opinion"
All articles that express a personal viewpoint or perspective on a particular topic must be clearly labelled as "Opinion" at the beginning of the article. This rule applies to all guest writers and staff writers contributing to our publication.
Apart from promoting transparency and accuracy in our reporting, there is a legal aspect to clearly labelling opinion articles. Failure to label opinion articles as such may result in a breach of media laws and regulations in some countries.
For example, in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires broadcasters to identify editorial content that presents the opinions, views, or comments of an individual or group with labels such as "commentary," "editorial," or "opinion." Similarly, in the United Kingdom, the Ofcom Broadcasting Code requires broadcasters to distinguish clearly between facts, opinions, and material which may be offensive to some audiences.
Moreover, failure to distinguish between opinion and factual reporting may damage the reputation and credibility of our publication. This can have serious consequences for our readership, advertiser appeal, and overall success as a media outlet.
Clearly labelling opinion articles as such is not only essential for maintaining transparency, accuracy, and accountability in our reporting but also for complying with media laws and regulations.
In addition to media laws and regulations, failure to label opinion articles correctly could also lead to potential legal issues such as defamation claims.
Defamation is a legal term that refers to the act of making false statements about someone that harms their reputation. If a writer were to express an opinion in an article that is presented as factual reporting, it could potentially be considered defamatory if the opinion damages someone's reputation or causes harm.
By clearly labelling opinion articles as such, we ensure that readers understand that the views expressed are the author's personal opinions and not necessarily based on facts. This can help protect both the author and the publication from potential defamation claims.
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to reading your contributions.