The Ferret has an editorial committee which is ultimately responsible for all decisions about what gets published on The Ferret.
The committee is made up of the journalist directors, plus some key employees.
The Ferret guards the independence of the editorial committee very carefully. We do not accept funding or do other deals with organisations that could influence the decisions made by this committee.
Before a story is commissioned it must be approved by the committee.
Before a story is published it is normally checked by at least three people from the Editorial Committee.
After publication, any changes, other than very minor ones, that are made to a story will be noted in a footnote to the story. In most cases, the note should say what was changed, when it was changed, and why.
On very rare occasions we may change a story after it is published, but not make a public note to explain why. Usually, this would only happen if noting the change would undermine the purpose of making the change. For example, we would not make a public note of a change if we had removed personal information from a story after publication due to privacy concerns, as this could cause a further breach of the affected person's privacy.
Reader directors and our independent regulator, Impress, may propose changes to a story after it is published in response to formal complaints.