The West View

The West View

November 13, 2020

Katherine Torres

Chair

Published in Staff and Board
November 13, 2020

Melissa - Malcolm King

Board Member

Published in Staff and Board
November 13, 2020

Edgar Zuniga

Board Member

Published in Staff and Board
November 13, 2020

Jasmine Walton

Board Member

Published in Staff and Board
October 28, 2020

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West View Media is committed to giving voters the opportunity to get to know candidates for public office so that we all have a chance to represent the West Side at the ballot box. The 2020 election will be held nationwide on November 3rd, 2020. While the presidential election garners significant interest, candidates for state and local officials will also be running for the opportunity to lead in the years to come. We invite you to join us for a casual conversation with candidates who are running to represent the West Side. 

Only candidates whose area of representation includes the neighborhoods of Glendale, Poplar Grove, Rose Park, Fair Park, Jordan Meadows, or Westpointe were invited to participate in a Candid Candidates event.

Follow our events page on Facebook for updates

Candid Candidates: Jennifer Fresques

08/29/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Jennifer Fresques, candidate for Salt Lake County Assessor. This conversation was hosted live on August 20, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Chris Peterson

08/29/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Chris Peterson, candidate for Governor. This conversation was hosted live on August 27, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Joél-Léhi Organista

09/21/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Joél-Léhi Organista, candidate for Salt Lake City School Board, Precinct 1. This conversation was hosted live on September 17, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Wayne Cushing

09/21/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with K. Wayne Cushing, candidate for Salt Lake County Treasurer. This conversation was hosted live on September 10, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Michael Cundick

09/21/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Michael Cundick, candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor. This conversation was hosted live on September 10, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Brett Garner

09/21/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Brett Garner, candidate for State School Board, District 3. This conversation was hosted live on September 17, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Dorothy Draper

09/21/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Dorothy Draper, candidate for Salt Lake City School Board, District 5. This conversation was hosted live on September 17, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Greg Skordas

09/24/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Greg Skordas, candidate for attorney general. This conversation was hosted live on September 23, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Chris Stavros

09/24/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Chris Stavros, candidate for Salt Lake County Assessor. This conversation was hosted live on September 23, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Shireen Ghorbani

09/28/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Shireen Ghorbani, candidate for Salt Lake County Council, at-large. This conversation was hosted live on September 28, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Luz Escamilla

10/02/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Luz Escamilla, candidate for Utah State Senate, district 1. This conversation was hosted live on October 1, 2020.
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Candid Candidates: Matt Hymas

10/06/20
Our Candid Candidates series brings candidates for elected office to you. This is a recording of our conversation with Matt Hymas, candidate for Utah State School Board, District 3. This conversation was hosted live on October 5, 2020.
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Published in General

September 1, 2020

Our nation is engaged in one of the most important moments of national discourse in our history. Each of us must evaluate our role in creating a better future for our community. 

Since West View Media was established as a nonprofit organization in 2011, we have worked hard to root ourselves in the community we endeavor to serve. The West Side is our home and we know that we are accountable to the people who share it with us. 

In this moment of change and transformation, as we reflect on the role that each of us plays in building a community that is rooted in the founding ideals of this country, the leadership of West View Media elects to take action. As a volunteer-led organization, we recognize that we can do better to be more inclusive and to embrace our role as a news organization in dismantling systemic racism fueled by white supremacy that harms our community. It is in this spirit that we release this letter, intended to be one of many, that leads to the transformation of our organization. 

We are deeply committed to our beloved community and we will take concrete steps to rise to the moment. Beginning immediately, the leadership of West View Media is taking the following actions:  

Pledge 1 - Banning the Use of Mugshots: Among our core values as an organization is the belief that narratives matter. We seek to use our platform only in ways that celebrate and strengthen our community. Effective immediately, the leadership of West View Media is enacting policy, through our style guide, that will ban the use of mugshots (arrest photos) in relation to any of our stories. 

We believe that publication of images of people collected at the time of arrest often become a permanent record of the worst moment in a person’s life. In turn, these photos often cause damage to employment prospects1, educational outcomes2, and often begin a cycle of pain for the person that can last a life-time3. We do not believe that our platform should contribute to this cycle. 

In addition, we recognize the racialized nature of arrest records. Too often, Black and Brown faces are overrepresented in arrest photos. This flawed display contributes to stereotypes, toxic narratives, and systemic racism. 

Lastly, the use of arrest photos in journalism undermines the presumption of innocence4 that is central to our vision of the criminal justice system. 

These facts, taken together, means that our organization must act. 

Pledge 2 - Engaging Others: West View Media is a proud member of the family of organizations providing journalism to our community. We know that our role extends beyond our own figurative walls and we will not only take this pledge, we will actively work to engage other news organizations to take the same action. 

Soon, we'll call upon our colleagues in the journalism profession to end the use of arrest photos in Utah’s media ecosystem. We’ll work to call others into this shared work and do our part to dismantle the systemic racism that exists in the media. 

Pledge 3 - Continuing to Change: This letter is only the beginning of many and we commit ourselves, now and in the future, to the work of racial justice. 

We know that these actions alone won’t transform our organization in the ways necessary to rise to the moment. We are committed to evaluating and identifying the ways in which we can do our part. 

Thank you,

Turner C. Bitton
Executive Director   

Charlotte Fife-Jepperson
Managing Editor

 

 

Troy Mumm 
Board Chair  

Erik Lopez
Treasurer

Joseph B.V. Arrington
Secretary

Poonam Kumar
Board Member

Ayrel Clark-Proffit 
Board Member    

Collett Litchard
Board Member

Maru Quevedo
Board Member    

Heidi Steed
Board Member

 

 

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 1Benjamin D. Geffen, The Collateral Consequences of Acquittal: Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Arrests Without Convictions, 20 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 81 (2017).  Available at: https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/jlasc/vol20/iss2/1

 2 Scott-Clayton, J. (2017, September 28). Thinking “beyond the box”: The use of criminal records in college admissions. Brookings Institution.
https://www.brookings.edu/research/thinking-beyond-the-box-the-use-of-criminal-records-in-college-admissions/

3 Blakinger, K. (2015, February 1). Me and My Mugshot. Keri Blakinger. https://keriblakinger.com/2015/02/01/me-and-my-mugshot/

4 Deffenbacher, Kenneth & Bornstein, Brian & Penrod, Steve. (2006). Mugshot Exposure Effects: Retroactive Interference, Mugshot Commitment, Source Confusion, and Unconscious Transference. Law and human behavior. 30. 287-307. 10.1007/s10979-006-9008-1. 

              

Published in General
August 06, 2020

Transparency

West View Media is dedicated to transparency and accountability in our financial and organizational affairs. West View Media is an independent nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition, West View Media is dedicated to being transparent and accountable with our financial documents. As a media organization we believe that journalism is a public service and as a result, our managing editor has full editorial control on all stories, columns and photographs published in The West View and on our other platforms.

We publish the information below in an effort to meet our own high standard for accountability and transparency.

We also welcome the opportunity to provide additional information when appropriate. If you would like additional information about the financial or policies of West View Media, please contact our executive director Turner C. Bitton at or (801) 564-3860.

Ownership and Funding Disclosures

West View Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, we are governed by a board of directors made up of residents and professionals from the community. 

West View Media receives funding from a variety of public sources, outlined below. When evaluating whether or not to seek or accept contributions, advertisements, or gifts from any source, West View Media ensures that the funding aligns with our mission, vision, and values. We do not accept funding that seeks or expects control over our work. 

West View Media receives funding from the following sources:

  • Paid Advertisements
  • Individual Contributors
  • Grantmaking Organizations

Corporate Information 

Tax Identification Number: 45-2675853
State of Utah Entity Number: 8039095-0140
Utah Charitable Solicitations Permit Number: 9838320-CHAR

Published in General
July 28, 2020

Policies

Ethics Policy

All of our editorial content follows journalism’s best practices, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics as follows:

  • We seek truth and report it in an accurate and fair manner. 
  • We minimize harm by treating sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
  • We act independently and serve the public by avoiding conflicts of interest and disclosing unavoidable conflicts.
  • We are accountable and transparent by acknowledging mistakes and correcting them promptly and prominently.
  • We will respect and practice civility with  all people we have contact with.
  • We will maintain professionalism with all sources, both in person and on social media.
  • When speaking with sources, we will state clearly who we are and what we do, and which parts of a conversation are on-the-record and off-the-record.
  • If a person or a company is being accused of something, or is being  portrayed in a strong negative light, they will be contacted to try and get their viewpoint before publication.
  • If we make a mistake, we will always be transparent and follow our Corrections Policy.
  • We will never falsify any part of our news and we will always provide attribution to others if they are the source of our information.

These policies were compiled with inspiration from a variety of sources including Axios, The Denver Post, Washington Post, and The Salt Lake Tribune. We’re grateful for fellow news organizations who demonstrate what ethical, values driven journalism can be. 

Conflicts of Interest - Personal Disclosure Required

All employees and contributors are expected to notify the editor(s) if they are working on a matter involving a personal connection. If it is deemed by the editor(s) to be a potential conflict of interest, the story should be reassigned, or the conflict must be fully disclosed at the time of publication. The same scenario applies to the editor(s) who may have an interest in, or personal connection to, the outcome of a story. 

Areas of conflict potentially include, but are not limited to, writing/editing stories about family or friends, organizations you belong to, schools you attend, a business from which you benefit, a church you attend, etc. If an employee or contributor refers to a legitimate news tip about something in which the employee or contributor has a stake, the nature of the conflict must be disclosed to the editor(s). 

Fact-checking Policy

Throughout the story-production process through our community newsrooms, writers and photographers are given training about fact gathering, the importance of using original sources whenever possible, and about the proper way to cite sources. Employees and contributors must verify the accuracy of information they gather, such as names, positions, factual statements and accounts. The editor(s) have the ultimate responsibility to double check the veracity of facts, stats, statements, and citations before they are published.

If an employee, contributor, or the editor(s) is concerned that ungrammatical or clumsily worded remarks may expose the person being quoted to embarrassment or ridicule, then they may agree to use another quote from that person conveying the same or a similar point, or they may agree to paraphrase the person’s comments.

Corrections Policy

We are committed to accuracy on all publishing platforms – print, website, email newsletters and social media. We will fix an error promptly and transparently, whether it is in print or online, by making a correction and announcing it as quickly as possible.

We strive to gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.

We encourage our readers to email any errors they notice to the Managing Editor Charlotte Fife-Jepperson at .

Plagiarism and Copyright Policy

It is our policy that plagiarism is an act of stealing the work of others and claiming it as one’s own. Whether it is writing, reporting, photography, or other copyrighted content, it is unacceptable. We instruct our writers to avoid direct and mosaic plagiarism and to cite sources accurately. We require proper attribution of work that is quoted or paraphrased. The copyright of individual articles, photos, and syndicated content also needs to be established. 

Our writers are instructed to follow these guidelines:

  • Do not turn in someone else's work as your own i.e. direct plagiarism
  • Do not copy words or phrases from someone else without giving credit. (mosaic)
  • If you change words, but use someone else’s sentence structure, you need to cite the source.
  • Put quotations in quotation marks, even if you cite the source.
  • Be accurate with your citations of others’ work. 
  • Make sure most of the words and ideas in your story are your own.

Opinion Submission Policy

West View Media reserves the right to edit all opinion submissions – commentaries, letters to the editor, narratives, etc. – for libel, slander, clarity, general accuracy, and length.

Opinion pieces submitted to West View Media are subject to the policies of West View Media. This includes remaining factual, ethical, and rooted in the values of civility that define West View Media’s role in the community.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Policy

West View Media is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are not only important to us as an organization overall, but West View Media aims to incorporate this into our content as much as possible. When researching topics, we will listen with an open mind to as many diverse voices as possible to report with fairness, and will extend opportunities, training, and support for employees and contributors of diverse backgrounds to submit stories and opinion pieces.

Donation and Gift Acceptance Policies

West View Media is dedicated to transparency and accountability in our financial practices. West View Media is an independent nonprofit organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In addition, West View Media is dedicated to being transparent and accountable with our financial documents. As a media organization we believe that journalism is a public service and as a result, our managing editor has full editorial control on all stories, columns, and photographs published in The West View and on our other platforms. 

We publish the information below in an effort to meet our own high standard for accountability and transparency. 

In furtherance of our goal to promote transparency and accountability in our financial practices, West View Media will:

  •  List all donors who give more than $5,000 to the organization. West View Media will not accept anonymous gifts over $1,000 unless the board of directors authorizes the gift. No more than 5% of annual revenue will be accepted from anonymous sources. 
  • Publish its annual IRS Form 990 and other public documents on its website and in other appropriate locations such as GuideStar.  

We also welcome the opportunity to provide additional information when appropriate. If you would like additional information about the financial or policies of West View Media, please contact our executive director Turner C. Bitton at or (801) 564-3860.  

Donor Bill of Rights

West View Media takes pride in our responsible fundraising practices and we adhere to the standards and policies provided by the industry-accepted Donor Bill of Rights. The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Nonprofits. 

The following policies and procedures are designed with the Donor Bill of Rights and are intended to promote donor-centered philanthropy at HEAL Utah. 

We encourage you to visit the Donor Bill of Rights for additional information. 

Donation Refund Policy

We are grateful for your donation and support of our organization. Donations are normally non-refundable after 30 days. If there has been an error in making your donation or you change your mind about contributing to our organization, please contact our executive director Turner C. Bitton at or (801) 564-3860. Refunds are returned using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card.

Changes in Automated Recurring Donations

Ongoing support is important to enabling projects to continue their work, so we encourage donors to continue to contribute to projects over time. If your credit card information changes, or if you must cancel your recurring donation, please notify us immediately. 

Gift Acceptance

The board of directors and staff solicit current and deferred gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and others for purposes that will further and fulfill West View Media’s mission.

The provisions of this policy shall apply to all gifts received by West View Media. Notwithstanding the foregoing, West View Media reserves the right to revise or revoke this policy at any time, and to make exceptions to the policy in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures. The policy is such that: 

West View Media will not accept unrestricted anonymous gifts of cash over $1,000 without prior review by the Board of Directors. For donations of $5,000 or more, the identity of the donor must be vetted with respect for the mission and values of West View Media. 

All gifts (or those gifts in excess of an appropriate, board-approved threshold), other than unrestricted gifts of cash, must be reviewed by the Board of Directors prior to acceptance, unless the Board of Directors authorizes certain gifts or categories of gifts to be accepted without its review. 

The Organization may not accept gifts that:

    1. Violate the terms of West View Media’s organizational policies;
    2. Would jeopardize West View Media’s status as an exempt organization under federal or state law;
    3. Are too difficult or expensive to administer;
    4. Are for purposes that do not further West View Media’s objectives;
    5. Are inconsistent with the mission and goals of West View Media; or
    6. Threaten the editorial independence of West View Media. 

All final decisions on the acceptance or refusal of a gift shall be made by the Board of Directors.

In addition, the following provisions apply: 

Gift Agreements. Where appropriate, West View Media shall enter into a written gift agreement with the donor, specifying the terms of any restricted gift, which may include provisions regarding donor recognition and use of earnings derived from the gift. 

Pledge Agreements. Acceptance by West View Media of pledges by donors of future support of (including by way of matching gift commitments) shall be contingent upon the execution and fulfillment of a written charitable pledge agreement specifying the terms of the pledge, which may include provisions regarding donor recognition.

Fees. West View Media will not accept a gift unless the donor is responsible for the fees of independent legal counsel retained by donor for completing the gift; appraisal fees; environmental audits and title binders (in the case of real property); and all other third-party fees associated with the transfer of the gift to West View Media.

Valuation of Gifts. The Organization shall record gifts received at their valuation on the date of gift, except that, when a gift is irrevocable, but is not due until a future date, the gift may be recorded at the time the gift becomes irrevocable in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP). 

IRS Filings upon Sale of Gifts. To the extent applicable, West View Media shall file the appropriate IRS form upon the sale or disposition of any charitable deduction property sold within one year of receipt. 

Written Acknowledgement. West View Media shall provide acknowledgement of all gifts received and comply with the current IRS requirements in acknowledgement of the gifts.

Changes to or Deviations from the Policy. This policy has been reviewed and accepted by the Board of Directors, which has the sole power to change this policy. In addition, the Board of Directors must approve any deviations from this policy.

Published in General
June 25, 2020

Heidi Steed

Board Member

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