Singing News Code of Ethics

March 1, 2018

Singing News is committed to abiding by the strongest principles and ethics in all that we do, including the tabulation and publishing of our national airplay charts.

Integrity, by definition, means “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness.” Another definition is “the state of being whole and undivided,” which is the act of coming together in cohesion and solidarity.

Singing News Magazine is operated with respect for, and adherence to, the highest of Christian morals and principles. It is because of those principles that we will continue to maintain the highest business ethics and standards. Accordingly, Singing News will conduct all business of Singing News Magazine, including the Singing News charts, with honesty and integrity, and in strict compliance with both the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws, rules and regulations.

As a reporter/reporting station to the Singing News charts, the following Code of Ethics must be strictly followed.

Any perceived violation of the following Code of Ethics will result in, at the discretion of Singing News, an immediate review and, once substantiated, an immediate disqualification of that reporter/reporting station’s chart. If further violations occur, suspension of that reporter/reporting station’s status as a reporter for a period of time will follow. Reoccurring or multiple violations will result in the termination of that reporter/reporting station’s reporting status.

Code of Ethics

  1. Do Not Call List. There is not, nor has there ever been, a Singing News “Do Not Call List.” If you are a reporter/reporting station to the Singing News charts, you must establish a form of communication that is mutually beneficial between your station and companies that send out national singles to radio.
  1. Chart swapping. Your monthly (or weekly) report is your own. Exchanges of specific information regarding your charting report, prior to the submission of your report to Singing News, is strictly forbidden.
  1. Favors. It is strictly forbidden for a reporter/reporting station to promise a position on their chart to anyone, for any reason, or to grant a position on their chart to anyone as a favor, for any reason.
  1. Playlists. The songs listed on your report must reflect your station’s actual playlist only (for example, actual spins during the reporting period). Singing News reserves the right to periodically monitor reporting stations at random times, to verify that they are compliant with this rule, and that their charting report reflects only their station’s current playlist.
  1. Payola. Payola is not only unethical, it is illegal. Payola is “the act of accepting any favors, loans, entertainment, or other considerations from persons seeking the airing of any broadcast matter.” It is also “the direct and non-disclosed payment of anything with a cash value or other valuable consideration to influence programming and music selections.” This includes the receiving of cash, gift cards, trips, cruises, etc.
  1. Conflict of Interest. A conflict of interest is “the act of engaging in any outside business or economic activity that would create a conflict of interest in the selection of broadcast matter.”If a person is employed by a reporting radio station, and wishes to be a recording artist, whether it be as a solo artist, or as a part of a Gospel group who is considered to be a national recording artist (one who sends out radio singles nationally), he or she may not report his or her own songs on their own report. This is clearly a conflict of interest, and is strictly forbidden.
  1. False Information. False information, when substantiated by Singing News, will result in an immediate review and a disqualification of that reporter/reporting station’s chart. If further violations occur, suspension of that reporter/reporting station’s status as a reporter will occur. Reoccurring or multiple violations will result in the termination of that reporter/reporting station’s status as a Singing News reporter.
  1. Honor Code. Reporters/reporting stations should contact Singing News when they become aware of any actions that violate this Code of Ethics by any reporting station, company, artist, or song promoter.

Singing News reserves the right to disqualify any report, during any given reporting period, that does not meet these Code of Ethics rules.