The following was shared with ESPN employees by President John Skipper this afternoon.
I want to re-post a portion of a note to the company I sent on September 15th:
The social media policies referenced in my note above were implemented in 2011. Given recent events, I have been engaged with a number of our colleagues, including journalists, editors, producers, as well as content and communications executives, to re-examine those guidelines. As a result of that work, we are today releasing updated Social Media and Political & Social Issues editorial guidelines.
The most important principles have not changed. Most profoundly, they reflect our continued commitment to journalism and our focus on sports.
While this was a collective effort, the principal author of the revisions was Kevin Merida. Our thanks to him, as well as all those who collaborated on it. The ongoing management of these guidelines will reside with the content team under Connor Schell’s leadership. Rob King, Kevin Merida, Laura Gentile and Rob Savinelli will serve as the principal stewards of that effort.
I ask that we all work together to ensure that we produce the highest quality sports content for fans, and to assure that we do so in an environment of uncompromised journalistic standards.