Junior League of Cedar Rapids

Digital Media Policy

The web is evolving into a tool that is more social than ever. The “social media” we refer to is beginning to blur so that all digital media is social in some way. Popular networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and blogs are all common channels to embrace for their ability to share information.With this evolution, the focus is becoming more on the individuals that represent an organization more so than even an organization as a whole. We encourage all members to share knowledge, express creative and connect with others through digital media.As a rule of thumb, we suggest following the best practices found through Socialmedia.org/disclosure.


JLCR Comment Policy:

The Technology chair has exclusive administrative rights to all social media websites. It is at her discretion to appoint other administrators and the removal of comments or posts. The Vice President of Marketing will have administrative access for ownership purposes.JLCR reserves the right to remove any comments made on Facebook or news articles. We do not want to build a presence of censorship and will use this right to our discretion.JLCR will not tolerate content that:

  • Is graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions or comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization
  • Solicits or advertises without prior approval. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency
  • Suggests or encourages illegal activity
  • Displays personal information violating individual privacy


Recommendations for Use Organizationally:

The web can only track the information you provide. Regardless of privacy settings, think before you post or share information you wouldn’t want the world to know. The following are guidelines for individuals in their role as administrators of JLCR’s online presence:

  • Be honest and transparent. Fully disclose your identity. If you have a relationship with a particular organization (employer, philanthropic, personal, etc.) which informs your viewpoint, say it. Make sure those affiliations are easily found if you are in a public space. Regardless of not wanting to represent an entire organization, by being a part of it and speaking your mind, outsiders see you as a part of it. Be clear that you are sharing your views as an individual, not as a representative of JLCR.
  • Respect Privacy. Do not discuss a situation about other individuals on a social media site without their permission. As a guideline, do not post anything that you would not present in any public forum.
  • Be Responsible. You are accountable for what you post on your own site and on the sites of others. Be mindful that what you publish could potentially become public regardless of a particular site’s privacy settings.
  • Correct Mistakes. If you make a mistake, admit it. Be upfront and be quick with your correction.
  • Provide Value. If you join a social network, be sure to contribute valuable insights. Don’t hijack the discussion and redirect by posting self/organizational promoting information. Self-promoting behavior is viewed negatively and can lead to you being banned from websites or groups.
  • Be Responsive. Individuals appreciate when their comments are responded to. By taking no action, a commenter may feel as though they were ignored which has a negative effect on their interpretation of you or JLCR. In the same light, do not fire back or create arguments as enticing as it may be.
  • Think Before You Post. There’s no such thing as a “private” social media site. Search engines can turn up posts and pictures years after the publication date. Comments can be forwarded or copied. Archival systems save information even if you delete a post. If you feel angry or passionate about a subject, it’s wise to delay posting until you are calm and clearheaded. Post only pictures that you would be comfortable sharing with the general public (current and future peers, employers, etc.).

We encouraged and greatly appreciate quoting or sharing content on your own blog, social media profiles or other publications. If you do so, please credit the person who authored the content as a courtesy, linking to the original post if available.

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