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Revised Editorial Statute

1.    General
a.    The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is the publisher of the title EM, which comprises, among others, of a magazine entitled Erasmus Magazine – of which 20 editions are published annually – as well as of a website, EM Online, which is updated on a daily basis.

b.    EM’s primary target groups are the students and staff of all parts of the university, including the students and educational and research staff at the Erasmus MC. Further target groups include: alumni, the media, the business world, municipal and provincial authorities, educational establishments for vwo and hbo, members of government, members of parliament, policy-making officials at the ministries, and members of advisory and consultative bodies.

c.    EM’s objective is the realisation and/or the advancement of information which is as wide-ranging and variegated as possible and concerns the academic life of Rotterdam; to inform and to raise public opinion; for the benefit of all those who in some form or another are part of aforesaid academic life.

d.    The objectives of EM are pursued by utilisation of journalistic types of writing such as news items, in-depth features, reports, interviews, commentaries and columns. Additionally, they are pursued by means of a varied choice of subject matter, a clear and succinct use of language, as well as by attractive graphic design. The editorial independence of the editorial team is guaranteed at all times.

e.    Preferred subject matters are those which will hold an interest for as many members as possible of the target groups mentioned under b. Additionally, EM may contain contributions intended for a limited target group.

f.    The education and research activities of the different faculties will be dealt with in such a manner that all of the EUR’s faculties will be represented in more or less equal measure during a year of publication.

g.    The different aspects of the subject matters at hand will be discussed, helping the reader to form a well-considered opinion.

h.    The Executive Board is entitled to publication space in EM for  announcements to staff and students.

2.    Editorial Board
a.    The Editorial Board shall provide advice on EM’s short as well as long-term policy concerning the overall contents of the magazine, category of articles featured, distribution of articles over the different target groups, et cetera. The board will meet four times a year.

b.    If desired, the Editorial Board may draw up a policy document setting out the plans and proposals for a period of three years maximum.

c.    The Editorial Board will evaluate the contents of EM on an annual basis and in the presence of a member (or members) of the Executive Board.

d.    Together, the members of EM’s Editorial Board are a reflection of the faculties and shall be appointed by the Executive Board for a period of two consecutive years. The Executive Board also appoints the chairperson.

e.    Membership of the Editorial Board expires after two years and may be extended once only for a period of two years.

f.    Except in the case that a member of the Editorial Board is not reappointed after his or her retirement by rotation, membership automatically expires upon:
–    death
–    voluntary retirement.

g.    The director of the department of Marketing & Communications (SMC) shall act as an additional member of the Editorial Board. However, in that capacity, he or she will not have the right to vote in order to prevent a potential conflict of interest.

3.    Production of EM
a.    Taking into account EM’s available budget and editorial principles, the editor in chief holds the responsibility for the realisation of EM. The editor in chief will carry out this task in accordance with the short and long-term advice as provided by the Editorial Board as well as with all stated in point 1.c. up to and including 1.h. EM’s editor in chief will attend all meetings of the Editorial Board. In these meetings, he or she will have a consultative vote.

b.    The editor in chief and remaining members of the Editorial Board shall be appointed by the General Management Directorate (ABD) and professionally accountable to the director of ABD.

c.    The editor in chief is to carry responsibility for the contents of the articles published in EM as well as publications by external authors. The opinions  expressed in any of these are not necessarily in accordance with those of the editorial team and/or the publisher.

d.    The editor in chief is to draw up an annual estimate which – following consultation with the Editorial Board – shall be submitted for approval to the director of the General Management Directorate.

4.    Complaints and appeals
Readers’ complaints concerning the contents of EM or any other matters pertaining to EM are initially considered by the editor in chief and if necessary by the Editorial Board.

As decreed by the Executive Board and Director of General Management Directorate (ABD) on 22 June 2011, Rotterdam,

Mr. P.F.M. van der Meer Mohr
President to the Executive Board

Drs. A.D. van der Pijl
Director General Management Directorate

(signed copy at the Editor’s office)