ABOUT

Observer offers an original take on the latest in news, business, arts and entertainment, bringing its irreverent sensibility to a national audience.

Observer is an expert in the ever-changing zeitgeist and not only defines it but challenges it. We reveal the inner workings of the art world, the strategies of the entertainment world, and innovators of the business world to equip its future leaders.

It is Observer’s mission to search for the hidden stories behind these industries so that readers are both challenged and inspired. We are part of the conversation to reshape how we look at the business world and usher in thoughtful, impactful leadership.

PURPOSE

Observer is dedicated to truth, fairness and transparency. We are impartial and aim to present readers with the complete truth. We hold all staff writers, editors and interns to the standards outlined below, as well as any outside contributors who work with us. These standards apply to all of our content, wherever and however it may appear. The purpose of this section is to make our policies and standards known to both employees and readers. 

We uphold our editorial integrity by avoiding or disclosing any potential conflicts of interest and by ensuring that all sponsored stories, reviews and opinion pieces are clearly marked as such. Any known errors are amended and marked with a correction. Plagiarism is not tolerated.

JOURNALISTIC ETHICS 

The editorial integrity of Observer’s journalism should never be in question for our readers. Observer stories are expected to adhere to a standard of honesty defined by but not limited to the following expectations: a reliance on verifiable facts, the inclusion of original reporting or analysis and a good-faith baseline of fairness to parties quoted or cited. 

Writers and editors of Observer should avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest or disclose those conflicts of interest wherever applicable. A conflict of interest is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a conflict between the private interests and the official responsibilities of a person in a position of trust.” For Observer, that means vetting products, films, TV, books and our other recommendations through a clear and impartial lens unblemished by the promise of favor or monetary gain.

Observer will not endorse candidates for office, nor does it publish opinions or testimonials unless they are clearly marked (ie: “Opinion” or “Review”). Further, Observer maintains a policy of editorial transparency. Questions about Observer’s journalism should be emailed to editorial@observer.com or our tip line tips@observer.com.

STANDARDS FOR OUTSIDE CONTRIBUTORS

The same standards are applied to staff and contributors and all freelancers and contributors must sign Observer’s standard freelance agreement.

Observer does not publish material that has been or will be posted in part or in full on any other platforms, including contributors’ personal blogs.

Contributors must disclose any personal ties to subjects at the time of pitching. 

Editors will endeavor to research the background of new contributors, including any possible ties to the subjects they have proposed writing about.

REPRESENTING OBSERVER

Observer staff members and contributors may appear in the media to discuss stories they have written for Observer.com. 

Observer staff and contributors may make known their Observer affiliation on social channels, but their opinions do not represent the Observer brand. 

OBSERVER
CEO, Michael Rose

EDITORIAL STAFF
Editorial Director, Mary von Aue
Managing Editor, Samantha London
Senior Arts and Culture Editor, Juliet Helmke

Entertainment Editor, Eric Vilas-Boas

STAFF WRITERS
Senior Lifestyle Reporter, Morgan Halberg
Business Reporter, Sissi Cao
Arts Reporter, Helen Holmes
Entertainment Reporter, Brandon Katz

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Jules Barrueco, Patricia Bosworth, Margaret Carrigan, Noah Charney, David Cote, Steve Cronin, David D’Arcy, Andrew Eil, Film Critic Hulk, Robert Gottlieb, Ryan Holiday, Charles Isherwood, Rich Jaroslovsky, Bridget Johnson, Oliver Jones, James Jorden, Katy Kelleher, Lauren LeBlanc, Jasmine Lobe, Luke O’Neil, Neal Pollack, Rex Reed, John R. Schindler, Shane Snow

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES
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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Observer accepts interns in editorial, photography, and social media. Visit our internship job postings for more information.

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