About Yanchep News Online

YANCHEP News Online provides news, lifestyle, business, sport and real estate for the fast-growing northern corridor in the City of Wanneroo and the more rural Shire of Gingin but also includes some general coverage of Wanneroo.

The name Yanchep was chosen for the website because it is expected to become a major centre – some compare it with present day Joondalup – in future years.

Yanchep News Online covers the following City of Wanneroo suburbs:  Alkimos, Butler, Carabooda, Eglinton, Jindalee, Neerabup, Nowergup, Pinjar, Two Rocks and Yanchep.

But general coverage such as adopting the proposed three-bin system is relevant to all suburbs in the City of Wanneroo.

The Shire of Gingin suburbs covered are Beermullah, Boonanarring, Breton Bay, Caraban, Cowalla, Cullalla, Gabbadah, Gingin, Karakin, Mindarra, Moore River National Park, Neergabby, Nilgern, Orange Springs, Red Gully, Wanerie and Wilbinga.

The founder of Yanchep News Online Anita McInnes aims to provide the community with public interest journalism that is hyper-local.

The website has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Yanchep-News-Online-486015728253438/

It also inludes a Twitter section where residents can check tweets from Yanchep, Lancelin and Gingin police as well as from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Residents can also follow Yanchep News Online on the Twitter handle @amc_yanchepnews

The Yanchep News Online logo includes yanget, which is the Aboriginal name for the bulrushes found around Loch McNess or Wagardu Lake in Yanchep National Park.

Gingin is represented by the distinctive water wheel beside the Gingin Brook in the town centre.

The ocean, lakes rivers and brooks are important features in the Yanchep and Gingin areas so in the website’s logo water bodies link the bulrushes and waterwheel.

About Anita McInnes 

Yanchep News Online was started by journalist Anita McInnes to provide a news service, an advertising outlet and employment in the northern corridor of the City of Wanneroo and the Shire of Gingin.

After finishing a journalism degree at Curtin University Anita worked in Busselton and Dunsborough with a regional newspaper and then with community newspapers covering Rockingham and Kwinana as well as Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook.

In 2009 she was highly commended in the suburban category in the WA Media Awards and in 2017 she was a finalist in the RWWA Media Awards.

MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics

Respect for truth and the public’s right to information are fundamental principles of journalism. Journalists search, disclose, record, question, entertain, comment and remember. They inform citizens and animate democracy. They scrutinise power, but also exercise it, and should be responsible and accountable.
MEAA members engaged in journalism commit themselves to:
Respect for the rights of others
Journalists will educate themselves about ethics and apply the following standards:

1. Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.

2. Do not place unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, family relationships, religious belief, or physical or intellectual disability.

3. Aim to attribute information to its source. Where a source seeks anonymity, do not agree without first considering the source’s motives and any alternative attributable source. Where confidences are accepted, respect them in all circumstances.

4. Do not allow personal interest, or any belief, commitment, payment, gift or benefit, to undermine your accuracy, fairness or independence.

5. Disclose conflicts of interest that affect, or could be seen to affect, the accuracy, fairness or independence of your journalism. Do not improperly use a journalistic position for personal gain.

6. Do not allow advertising or other commercial considerations to undermine accuracy, fairness or independence.

7. Do your utmost to ensure disclosure of any direct or indirect payment made for interviews, pictures, information or stories.

8. Use fair, responsible and honest means to obtain material. Identify yourself and your employer before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast. Never exploit a person’s vulnerability or ignorance of media practice.

9. Present pictures and sound which are true and accurate. Any manipulation likely to mislead should be disclosed.

10. Do not plagiarise.

11. Respect private grief and personal privacy. Journalists have the right to resist compulsion to intrude.

12. Do your utmost to achieve fair correction of errors.

Guidance Clause: Basic values often need interpretation and sometimes come into conflict. Ethical journalism requires conscientious decision-making in context. Only substantial advancement of the public interest or risk of substantial harm to people allows any standard to be overridden.