Editorial Policy and Standards

Founded in 1996 and now an operating business of IAC, Dotdash is committed to creating newsworthy, accurate, helpful content that represents and serves all people. Our editorial teams strive for accuracy and integrity in our reporting and researching processes, and we are committed to working with a diverse group of writers and editors representing a wide range of ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and abilities. 

The Dotdash family of brands includes Brides, Byrdie, Investopedia, Lifewire, Liquor.com, MyDomaine, Serious Eats, Simply Recipes, The Balance, The Spruce, The Spruce Crafts, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, ThoughtCo, Treehugger, TripSavvy, Verywell Family, Verywell Fit, Verywell Health, and Verywell Mind. Each brand is led by an individual editorial and business team, but united by our Content Integrity Promise. 

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The Dotdash Content Integrity Promise

We are committed to the quality and trustworthiness of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, fact checkers, illustrators, photographers, and medical and financial professionals rigorously researches and reviews all content on an ongoing basis to ensure it is up to date, accurate, and puts the needs of our readers first. 

Each article features a byline that includes the name, a brief description, and a link to more information for each person who contributed to that piece. The date indicates when the piece was most recently updated with new information.

Illustrations, graphics, and images are reviewed by editors as well as a Medical, Financial, or Anti-Bias Review Board member as appropriate.

Fact Checking

Our writers investigate claims and confirm all information and data gathered for all articles, including news. We consult relevant, diverse, qualified sources to ensure we’re providing proper context and background to the reader. 

Each news article is thoroughly reviewed by a staff editor and fact checked by staff or a member of our experienced fact checking team. Articles are rigorously evaluated for accuracy, relevance, and timeliness. 

If you have noticed an issue you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know by emailing corrections@dotdash.com.

Corrections

Our editorial teams are committed to telling readers whenever a factual error has been made on a news story at the time of publication. We will correct the error as quickly as possible and alert readers to the correction. All corrections will be clearly labeled as such, and will include what was changed and when. When an article is factually correct, but the language is not as clear or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor’s note. 

News articles often cover a distinct event in time, so they are not routinely updated. Our editorial teams are continually evaluating and updating evergreen articles to ensure they are timely, accurate, and relevant. Each article is date-stamped to reflect when they were last updated.

If you would like to report an error, you can do so by emailing corrections@dotdash.com.

Sourcing

Our writers and editors adhere to strict standards for article sourcing. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government organizations, and professional and academic institutions. All data points, facts, and claims are backed up by at least one reputable source. 

We strongly discourage use of anonymous or unnamed sourcing, as this can erode transparency and reader trust. In the rare instance where an unnamed source is used, we will disclose to readers the reason behind the anonymity and provide necessary context.

A cornerstone of our reporting and sourcing is to consider often overlooked perspectives from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women. Our content strives to serve all communities.  

Diversity and Anti Bias

Dotdash believes that every human being deserves respect, representation, and opportunity. In service of Dotdash’s mission to represent, serve, and help all people, Dotdash has established an Anti-Bias Review Board made up of educators, advocates, public health specialists, journalists, researchers, financial experts, and other professionals, each with a background in supporting diversity, inclusion, and racial justice initiatives. Additionally, each Dotdash brand has articulated an Anti-Racism Pledge. 

Anti-Bias Review Board members review content and images across Dotdash, using research and their expertise and judgment to advise Dotdash brands on language, images, themes, and tone. The Anti-Bias Review Board supports each brand in the creation of inclusive content that supports readers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, religions, and socioeconomic circumstances. 

To learn more, please review each brand’s Anti-Racism Pledge: Byrdie, Brides, Investopedia, Liquor.com, Lifewire, MyDomaine, The Balance, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, ThoughtCo, Treehugger, TripSavvy, and Verywell.

If you have noticed an issue that you would like to bring to the Anti-Bias Review Board’s attention, you may contact us at antibias@dotdash.com.

Ethics

Dotdash is committed to accurate, fair, and complete journalism. Each staff member and contributor is held to a high standard of honesty and transparency. Content may not infringe copyright or anyone’s intellectual property rights. 

Our goal at Dotdash is to provide original, unbiased content. Anything less could damage our credibility as a trustworthy source of information. We expect all contributors on the network to abide by all applicable laws and standard, accepted journalist practices, including:

Objectivity

Dotdash writers and editors are prohibited from giving preferential treatment to any outside resource (company, publication, video, affiliate, website) based on their relationship with the person or company who authors or owns that resource.

Dotdash writers and editors are contractually obligated to abide by the FTC Guidelines on Disclosures. In practical terms, writers must always fully disclose any relationship, financial or personal, with any source or resource that may compromise their objectivity (including any valuable goods and services provided to the writer by the source).