Better Homes & Gardens Editorial Policy and Standards

Better Homes & Gardens is dedicated to creating reliable, engaging, and balanced content for our readers. Our editorial team strives for accuracy and integrity in our reporting and research, and we are committed to working with a diverse group of writers and editors. Our editorial content is produced independently and without influence by any advertiser or commercial backer.

Better Homes & Gardens is committed to the quality and reliability of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, fact-checkers, illustrators, photographers, nutritionists and finance experts rigorously research and review all content on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is up-to-date, accurate and puts the needs of our readers first.

Each article has a byline that includes the name, a short description, and a link to more information about those who have contributed to this part. The date indicates the last time the piece was updated with new information. Some articles also have a logo at the end to provide additional information about research or authorship.

Original illustrations, graphics, photos, and videos are created by in-house teams who collaborate with experts in their fields to produce assets that represent diverse voices, perspectives, and contexts. Periodic review by editors as well as by nutrition, financial, anti-bias or other review board members as appropriate, to ensure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of these assets. The photos and videos are not edited in any way that could make them false or misleading.

We correct any factual errors in a transparent manner and strive to make it easier for our readers to bring errors to our attention.

All of our writers, editors, and contributors are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

Our editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. We maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content and make a clear distinction between editorial and advertising content.

As part of our commitment to content integrity and accuracy, Better Homes and Gardens Writers and editors investigate allegations and verify all information and data collected for all articles. We consult with relevant, diverse and qualified sources to ensure that the appropriate context and background is provided to the reader.

All of our news and information is thoroughly reviewed by our staff editor and fact checked by staff or a member of our experienced fact-checking team. We corroborate all facts, statistics and other data with reliable sources to ensure that the information in our articles is accurate and up-to-date.

If you notice an issue that you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know by emailing [email protected] You can also email us at: Better Homes & Gardens, 1716 Locust St, Des Moines IA 50309.

Better Homes and Gardens is committed to accuracy and transparency regarding corrections.

Our rich library of content is routinely updated, reviewed by our professional review boards, and fact-checked to ensure information is accurate, complete, relevant and current. After a rigorous and systematic process of updating and verification, the articles in our content library are stamped to make it clear to readers that the information is complete and accurate. News articles often cover a special event at the right time and are not part of a routine update process.

The Better Homes & Gardens editorial team is committed to telling readers when something goes wrong and to correct it. When we detect a significant error, we correct the article as soon as possible and append a correction note with the date and information about what has changed. When the article is factually correct, but the language is not as clear or detailed as necessary, the story may be updated without an editor’s note.

We welcome our readers to share in our ongoing commitment to accuracy and fact-checking. If you believe that we have posted a factual error in any of our content, please let us know and we will investigate and take appropriate corrective action.

You can report a potential bug by sending an email to [email protected] You can also email us at: Better Homes & Gardens, 1716 Locust St, Des Moines IA 50309.

Our writers and editors adhere to strict journalistic standards for sourcing articles. We rely on current and reputable primary sources, such as expert interviews, government organizations, foundations, and professional and academic studies. All data points, facts, and claims are backed by at least one reliable source.

We strongly discourage the use of anonymous or unnamed sources, as this can erode transparency and reader confidence. In the rare case that an unnamed source is used, we will reveal to readers the reason behind the anonymity and provide the necessary context.

A cornerstone of our reporting and sourcing is consideration of the often-overlooked viewpoints of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women. Our content strives to serve all communities and reflects diverse voices and perspectives.

Better Homes and Gardens believes that everyone deserves respect, representation and opportunity. In order to represent, serve, and assist all people, we have established an Anti-Biasity Review Board made up of educators, advocates, public health professionals, journalists, researchers, financial experts, and other professionals, each with a background in support of diversity, inclusion, and racial justice initiatives. In addition, we have put in place a pledge to fight racism.

Members of the Anti-Bias Review Board review content and images, using their research and experience to advise Better Homes & Gardens on language, images, themes, and tone. The Anti-Bias Review Board supports Better Homes & Gardens in creating inclusive content for readers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, religions, and socioeconomic conditions.

If you notice an issue that you would like to bring to the Antibias Review Board’s attention, contact us at [email protected]

Better Homes & Gardens is committed to independent, impartial and fair journalism. Our editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. Every employee and shareholder is held accountable with a high level of honesty and transparency.

We maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content. Our Sponsored Content is labeled to indicate that this content is provided by or on behalf of the advertiser or sponsor.

In line with our mission to provide useful information that helps people find answers, solve problems and get inspired, Better Homes and Gardens is dedicated to publishing comprehensive and unbiased reviews of products and services. Reviews of our products and services are completely independent and are based on solid research and product testing. When readers visit “affiliate links” within our content, Better Homes & Gardens may receive commissions from purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations.

External writers and editors are prohibited from giving preferential treatment to any external resource (company, publication, video, affiliate, website) based on their relationship with the person or company composing or owning that resource.

All writers and editors at Better Homes & Gardens are responsible for disclosing any potential conflict of interest – any financial or personal relationship with any source or resource that may compromise their ability to provide fair and impartial information. As with many publishers, our writers and editors are sometimes provided with free products or services for review purposes. We are transparent and disclose any products or services of value to our editorial teams. Editorial staff and editorial contributors should not solicit gifts or services for personal purposes.

Our goal at Better Homes & Gardens is to provide content that is original, informative, and unbiased. All information must be verified, properly attributed, and may not infringe anyone’s copyright or intellectual property rights. Any suggestion of plagiarism is fully investigated and considered grounds for dismissal. We expect all network contributors to comply with all applicable laws, standards, and acceptable journalistic practices including:

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