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Conflict of Interest Policy

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Conflict of Interest

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  • Any real or apparent conflict of interest (such as a financial interest) between a donor and the subject of a proposed Rest of World story; or between a proposed Rest of World story and a Rest of World representative or staff member
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Editorial independence

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Travel & accommodation sponsorship

As a nonprofit publication, Rest of World will, from time to time, accept sponsorship of its staff’s travel and accommodation for various national and international conferences. However, prior to the acceptance of such offers, Rest of World staff will receive approval from editorial and operations leadership. Rest of World will ensure there is neither any favorable coverage nor the censoring of any coverage during the program or in the future being committed to as part of the offer.