Terms and conditions

(1) Introduction

These terms of use are divided into four parts. Part A contains general terms relating to the use of our website and our directories; Part B contains special terms relating to registered jobseekers; Part C contains special terms relating to registered recruiters; Part D contains special terms relating to our events and training courses; and Part E contains special terms relating to our PressQuest journalist request service.

These terms of use govern your use of our website; by using our website, you accept these terms of use in full. If you disagree with these terms of use or any part of these terms of use, you must not use our website.

If you submit a website to our links directory, or submit a press release to our press release section, or submit a PR request using our PressQuest service, or pay to post a listing in our directory of freelance journalists, we will ask you to expressly agree to these terms of use. In all cases though, we reserve the right not to publish submitted material or to remove it after publication, entirely at our own discretion.

These terms of use are provided in the English language only.

PART A

(2) Licence to use website


Unless otherwise stated, we or our licensors own the intellectual property rights in the website and material on the website. Subject to the licence below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved.

You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages, PDF documents or other files from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms of use.

You must not:

(a) republish material from this website (including republication on another website);

(b) sell, rent or sub-license material from the website;

(c) show any material from the website in public;

(d) edit or otherwise modify any material on the website (other than editing your own directory submissions or any of our wiki pages using our website interface);

(e) reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for a commercial purpose; or

(f) redistribute material from this website except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution with our written consent and according to our terms.

We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion.

(3) Our directories

We welcome submissions to our directory of websites of interest to journalists and to our directory of freelance journalists.

You may submit a website to our links directory by following this link and registering or logging in. You may submit a listing detailing your freelance services by following this link and registering.

You will have the opportunity to identify and correct input errors prior to making your submission and subsequently by returning to the appropriate section of the site and logging in with your user ID and password.

Your submissions to our links directory must relate to journalism. Your submissions to our directory of freelance journalists must relate to your activities as a sole trader providing journalistic, photographic or related services.

You must not submit to our directory incomplete websites, websites that are "under construction", mirror websites, websites that are identical or very similar to websites already in our directory, made-for-AdSense websites, or websites the content of which consists wholly or mainly of affiliate links. You must not submit the same website to our directory more than once (even if the URL is different).

Your directory submissions must comply with the "acceptable use" and "submissions" provisions below.

If you make a directory submission, you will be asked to choose a user ID and password. You must ensure that your user ID and password are kept confidential. We may disable your user ID and password in our sole discretion without notice or explanation.

You must keep your directory submissions up-to-date using our website interface.

Your submission will be individually reviewed usually within 24 hours or on the next working day, whichever is sooner, following receipt.

Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms of use, we reserve the right to reject or delete submissions that in our reasonable opinion breach these terms of use or that do not in our reasonable opinion meet the additional guidelines for submissions published on our website. If we reject or delete a submission on either basis, we will not refund any applicable charges.

If we accept your submission then, it will remain published on our website for the relevant period set out on our website (one year for listings in our directory of freelance journalists), subject to termination or deletion in accordance with these terms of use.

We will not file a copy of these terms of use specifically in relation to each submission and, if we update these terms of use, the version to which you originally agreed will no longer be available on our website. For this reason, we recommend that you print and file a copy of these terms of use for future reference.

These terms of use are provided in the English language only.

(4) Free submissions

Our links directory allows you to make free submissions, subject to approval by the site editors on grounds of relevance, appropriateness and adherence to our other submission requirements outlined below.

We may delete free directory submissions at any time in our sole discretion with or without notice to you.

(5) Paid submissions

In addition to free submissions in our links directory, we provide paid submission services that allow freelancers to advertise their services in our directory of freelance journalists and companies to post press releases to our press release section.

The applicable submission charges will be as set out on our website from time to time. All submission charges stated on the website are stated inclusive of VAT.

You must pay to us the submission charges in respect of a submission in advance, in cleared funds, in accordance with the instructions on our website.

We may vary submission charges from time to time by posting new charges on our website. However, such variations will not affect submissions that have already been paid for.

(6) Acceptable use

You must not use our website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website; or in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.

You must not use our website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material which consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit or other malicious computer software.

You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities (including without limitation scraping, data mining, data extraction and data harvesting) on or in relation to our website without our express written consent.

You must not use data collected from our website or our directory to contact individuals or companies or other organisations (for any reason).

You must not use data collected from our website or our directory for any direct marketing activity (including without limitation email marketing, SMS marketing, telemarketing and direct mailing).

(7) Restricted access

Access to certain areas of our website is restricted. We reserve the right to restrict access to [other] areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion.

If we provide you with a user ID and password to enable you to access restricted areas of our website or other content or services, you must ensure that that user ID and password is kept confidential. 

We may disable your user ID and password in our sole discretion without notice or explanation.

(8) User generated content


In these terms of use, "your user content" means all material (including without limitation text, images, audio material, video material and audio-visual material) that you submit to our website directories, forums, blogs and wiki pages, or that you submit to our website using any other website feature.

You grant to us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute your submissions in any existing or future media. You also grant to us the right to sub-license these rights, and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights.

Your submissions must not be illegal or unlawful, must not infringe any third party's legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or us or a third party (in each case under any applicable law).

Your submissions (and their publication on our website) must not:

(a) be libellous or maliciously false;

(b) be obscene or indecent;

(c) infringe any copyright, moral right, database right, trade mark right, design right, right in passing off, or other intellectual property right;

(d) infringe any right of confidence, right of privacy, or right under data protection legislation;

(e) constitute negligent advice or contain any negligent statement;

(f) constitute an incitement to commit a crime;

(g) be in contempt of any court, or in breach of any court order;

(h) be in breach of racial or religious hatred or discrimination legislation;

(i) be blasphemous;

(j) be in breach of official secrets legislation;

(k) be in breach of any contractual obligation owed to any person;

(l) depict violence in a explicit, graphic or gratuitous manner;

(m) be pornographic or sexually explicit;

(n) be untrue, false, inaccurate or misleading;

(o) consist of or contain any instructions, advice or other information which may be acted upon and could, if acted upon, cause illness, injury or death, or any other loss or damage;

(p) constitute spam;

(q) be offensive, deceptive, threatening, abusive, harassing, or menacing, hateful, discriminatory or inflammatory; or

(r) cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to any person.

Your submissions must be appropriate, civil, tasteful and accord with generally accepted standards of etiquette and behaviour on the internet.

You must not use our website to link to any website or web page consisting of or containing material that would, were it posted on our website, breach the provisions of these terms of use.

You must not submit to our website any submissions that are or have ever been the subject of any threatened or actual legal proceedings or other similar complaint.

We reserve the right to edit or remove any material submitted to our website, or stored on our servers, or hosted or published upon our website.

Notwithstanding our rights under these terms of use in relation to user submissions, we do not undertake to monitor the submissions, or the publication of the submissions on our website.

(9) Discontinuing service

We reserve the right to discontinue our directory services (and the publication of our website) at any time in our sole discretion with or without notice.

If:

(a) you have paid for directory submission;

(b) your directory submission has been accepted in accordance with these terms of use; and

(c) we discontinue the directory service;

we will refund to you such portion of your payment as we determine to be reasonable.

Save as provided in this Section 8, you will not be entitled to any refund upon the discontinuance of our directory services.

(10) Limited warranties

You acknowledge that some of the information published on this website is submitted by users, and that we do not usually review, approve or edit such information. We do not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the information published on this website; nor do we commit to ensuring that the website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up-to-date.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to this website and the use of this website (including, without limitation, any warranties implied by law of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and/or the use of reasonable care and skill).

(11) Limitations of liability

Nothing in these terms of use (or elsewhere on our website) will exclude or limit our liability for fraud, for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or for any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Subject to this, our liability to you in relation to the use of our website or under or in connection with these terms of use, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise, will be limited as follows:

(a) to the extent that the website and the information and services on the website are provided free-of-charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature;

(b) we will not be liable for any consequential, indirect or special loss or damage;

(c) we will not be liable for any loss of profit, income, revenue, anticipated savings, contracts, business, goodwill, reputation, data, or information;

(d) we will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of any event or events beyond our reasonable control;

(e) our maximum liability in relation to any event or series of related events will be limited to £1,000.

You accept that we have an interest in limiting the personal liability of our officers and employees. Having regard to that interest, you accept that we are a limited liability entity and agree that you will not bring any claim personally against individual officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or these terms of use. This will not, of course, limit or exclude the liability of the company itself for the acts and omissions of our officers and employees.

You agreed to the publication of comments, reviews and/or feedback relating to you, by others, on our website. You acknowledge that such comments, reviews and/or feedback may be critical or defamatory; and you agree that you will not hold us liable in respect of any such comments, reviews and/or feedback, irrespective of whether we are aware or ought to have been aware of such comments, reviews and/or feedback.

(12) Indemnity

You hereby indemnify us and undertake to keep us indemnified against any losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including without limitation legal expenses and any amounts paid by us to a third party in settlement of a claim or dispute on the advice of our legal advisers) incurred or suffered by us arising out of any breach by you of any provision of these terms of use, or arising out of any claim that you have breached any provision of these terms of use.

(13) Breaches of these terms of use

Without prejudice to our other rights under these terms of use, if you breach these terms of use in any way, or if we reasonably suspect that you have breached these terms of use in any way, we may:

(a) send you one or more formal warnings;

(b) temporarily suspend your access to the website;

(c) permanently prohibit you from accessing the website;

(d) block computers using your IP address from accessing the website;

(e) contact your internet services provider and request that they block your access to the website;

(f) bring court proceedings against you for breach of contract or otherwise;

(g) delete and/or edit any or all of your directory or website submissions; and/or

(h) suspend and/or delete your account with the website.

Where we suspend or prohibit or block your access to our website or a part of our website, you must not take any action to circumvent such suspension or prohibition or blocking (including without limitation creating and/or using a different account).

(14) Third party websites

Our website includes hyperlinks to other websites owned and operated by third parties.  These links are not recommendations. We have no control over the contents of third party websites, and we accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

(15) Trade marks

Journalism.co.uk and our logo are trade marks belonging to us. We give no permission for the use of these trade marks, and such use may constitute an infringement of our rights. 

The other registered and unregistered trade marks or service marks on our website are the property of their respective owners. Unless stated otherwise, we do not endorse and are not affiliated with any of the holders of any such rights and as such we cannot grant any licence to exercise such rights.

(16) Competitions

From time to time we may run competitions, free prize draws and/or other promotions on our website. These will be subject to separate terms and conditions (that we will make available to you as appropriate).

(17) Variation


We may revise these terms of use from time-to-time. Revised terms of use will apply to the use of our website from the date of the publication of the revised terms of use on our website. Please check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version.

(18) Assignment


We may transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with our rights and/or obligations under these terms of use without notifying you or obtaining your consent.

You may not transfer, sub-contract or otherwise deal with your rights and/or obligations under these terms of use. 

(19) Severability

If a provision of these terms of use is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other provisions will continue in effect.  If any unlawful and/or unenforceable provision would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the provision will continue in effect.

(20) Exclusion of third party rights


These terms of use are for the benefit of you and us, and are not intended to benefit any third party or be enforceable by any third party. The exercise of our and your rights in relation to these terms of use is not subject to the consent of any third party.

(21) Entire agreement

These terms of use, together with our privacy policy, constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

(22) Law and jurisdiction

These terms of use will be governed by and construed in accordance with English  law, and any disputes relating to these terms of use will be subject to the non-exclusive  jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

(23) Registrations and authorisations

Our VAT number is 744 7604 19.

(24) Our details

The full name of our company is Mousetrap Media Ltd. 

We are registered in England & Wales under registration number 3998973.

Our registered address is 100 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YE. 

You can contact us by email to info(at)mousetrapmedia.co.uk.


PART B: JOBSEEKERS

(25) Registering as a jobseeker

In order to register free-of-charge as a jobseeker with our website, you will need to complete our online registration form.

(26) Jobseeker warranties and undertakings

By registering as a jobseeker, you warrant that all information you provide to us and to any registered recruiter via or in relation to our website (including without limitation all information in your CV and profile) is true, accurate, fair and complete, and you undertake to keep all such information up-to-date at all times.

We provide each jobseeker with a login and password to enable the jobseeker to access restricted areas of our website. Jobseekers must ensure that their login and password details are kept confidential. 

(27) Jobseeker services


Registered jobseekers may have access to additional website areas and features (which we will determine in our sole discretion) which may include:

(a) the facility to upload a CV and/or profile into our database, to enable registered recruiters to search for the CV/profile, assess whether the jobseeker may be suitable for a role, and contact the jobseeker where appropriate;

(b) the facility to limit the disclosure of confidential information to recruiters;

(c) a facility to enable the jobseeker to receive email alerts, newsletters, notice of competitions, and/or other email notifications from us.

(28) Your relationship with recruiters

You acknowledge that we merely provide a facility to enable jobseekers and recruiters to get in touch and that we do not vet or monitor the registered recruiters who advertise on our website, and you agree that you will not hold us liable, or seek to hold is liable, in relation to any loss, damage or expense that you suffer arising out of the actions of omissions of a recruiter (subject to the first paragraph of Section 11 above).

(29) Cancelling your account etc.

You may delete your jobseeker account using the website interface at any time.

You acknowledge that the website services are provided free-of-charge, and that we may at any time, with or without notice or explanation, delete the jobseeker's account and/or discontinue the website and/or website services.


PART C: RECRUITERS

(30) Registering as a recruiter


In order to register as a recruiter with our website, you will need to complete our online registration form.

You will have the opportunity to identify and correct input errors prior to posting a recruitment advert and subsequently by following a link from the recruiter control panel (presented to you after logging in).

We will not file a copy of these terms of use specifically in relation to each registered recruiter  and, if we update these terms of use, the version to which you originally agreed will no longer be available on our website.  For this reason, we recommend that recruiters print and file a copy of these terms of use for future reference.

(31) Recruiter charges


The charges payable by recruiters will be as set out on our website from time to time. 

All  charges stated on the website are stated inclusive of VAT.

You must pay to us the applicable charges in accordance with the instructions on our website.

We may vary charges from time to time by posting new charges on our website. However, such variations will not affect services that have already been paid for.

(32) Recruiter warranties and undertakings

By registering as a recruiter, you warrant that all information you provide to us and to any registered jobseeker via or in relation to our website (including without limitation all information in job advertisements) is true, accurate, fair and complete, and you undertake to keep all such information up-to-date at all times.

We provide each recruiter with a login and password to enable the recruiter to access  restricted areas of our website. Recruiters must ensure that their login and password details are kept confidential. 

Recruiters undertake to ensure that all job advertisements that they submit to the website for publication are true, accurate, fair and complete advertisements for bona fide jobs.

Recruiters must only use our database of jobseekers for the sole purpose of seeking candidates to fill bona fide jobs; and recruiters must treat the information in our database as confidential, and must not copy any information from the database or record or retain any information from the database or disclose to any third party any information from the database.

(33) Recruiter services


Registered recruiters will have access to additional website areas and features (which we will determine in our sole discretion) which may include:

(a) the ability to post advertisements on our website;

(b) access to our database of jobseekers via the website;

(c) any other services specified on our website from time to time.

These recruiter services may be accessed in such way, subject to such limitations and for such period, as may be specified on our website from time to time.

(34) Your relationship with jobseekers

You acknowledge that we merely provide a facility to enable jobseekers and recruiters to get in touch and that we do not vet or monitor the registered jobseekers who use our website, and you agree that you will not hold us liable, or seek to hold us liable, in relation to any loss, damage or expense that you suffer arising out of the actions or omissions of a jobseeker (subject to the first paragraph of Section 11 above).

(35) Recruiter warranties

We warrant to recruiters that we will perform the paid-for recruiter services with reasonable care and skill.

We do not warrant that recruiters will receive any applications in relation to job advertisements; nor do we warrant that our jobseeker database will hold information regarding jobseekers that may be suitable for the positions that the recruiter requires to be filled.

(36) Cancelling your account etc.

You may delete your recruiter account using the website interface at any time.

We may cancel your recruiter account in accordance with the provisions of Section 13.

We may also cancel your recruiter account without cause by giving you at least 30 days' written notice of cancellation. Where we cancel your account on this basis, you will be entitled to a (pro-rated) refund of any element(s) of the charges paid to us in respect of the provision of services during any period after the date of effective cancellation of your account (and we will calculate the amount of such refund using any reasonable methodology).

Save as specified in the preceding paragraph, recruiters will not be entitled to any payment from us on the cancellation of a recruiter account.


PART D

Booking terms and conditions, events and training courses.

(a) On submission of our online event/course booking form, a firm contract will have been made with Mousetrap Media Ltd, publisher of Journalism.co.uk, regardless of whether the subsequent credit/debit card payment is successful or not.

(b) Unless otherwise agreed by special arrangement, at Mousetrap Media Ltd's discretion, all payments must be made in full ahead of the course or event date of delivery. Mousetrap Media reserves the right to refuse admission to delegates where payment has not been paid in full, in advance of the course or event.

(c) Delegates with accounts offices based outside the United Kingdom and self-employed individuals will be required to make payment by credit/debit card, regardless of what payment option they selected at registration.

(d) On successful completion of an online payment via Worldpay, a confirmation of payment will be emailed to you. Mousetrap Media will also issue a written receipt to be delivered by post.

(e) No refunds will be issued if a delegate cancels or fails to turn up to a course or event, regardless of any period of notice, although Mousetrap Media Ltd may, at its discretion, issue a refund if the course/event is over-subscribed and a replacement delegate can be found at least two weeks before the course/event date of commencement.

(f) Mousetrap Media Ltd or any of its employees shall not be liable for any injuries or sickness that occur during attendance at, or travel to or from, any course or event.

(g) Course and event prices exclude travel, accommodation and any other incidental expenses incurred by a delegate.

(h) Mousetrap Media Ltd reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or alter any course or event. In each eventuality, a full refund will be offered or, if preferable, a transfer to another course.

(i) Delegates at events or training courses who use supplied IT equipment, WiFi connections and other electronic services do so at their own risk and should take their own precautions to prevent unwarranted intrusions on their personal devices. Mousetrap Media Ltd will not be liable for any loss of data, privacy or other losses resulting from the use of such supplied services.


PART E

PressQuest journalist request service

(a) Only genuine, editorial-related requests by bona fide journalists are permitted.

(b) We reserve the right to refuse or revoke any request at any time, entirely at the discretion of our administrative team.

(c) All requests and replies must abide by the general terms and conditions outlined in PART A.

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