Field & Stream Editorial Standards
Field & Stream is the soul of the outdoors. We publish content for enthusiasts who live to be in the wild. We tell the stories that inspire you to get outside. We champion conservation causes that lead to change and protect wildlife and wild places. We share the hunting, fishing, and outdoors skills that will help you thrive in the field and on the stream.
At Recurrent Ventures, we believe our “audience first, revenue second” ethos cannot function without editorial independence driving everything we do. Our platforms are built on a foundation of audience trust.
Consequently, editorial decisions are made free of interference from anyone outside editorial and content management. Our editors, writers, video producers, content leads, and social-media managers have explicit control over our content.
Any other employees, such as those in product, HR, advertising, business development, or senior stakeholders, such as company owners and investors, cannot mandate—through either direct conversation or other influence—the content we publish. Advertisers, direct or otherwise, have no sway over editorial content. We work to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.
Transparency, Disclosures, and Conflicts of Interest
“Audience first, revenue second” means we act in our readers’ and viewers’ best interests above all else; operate transparently with our methods; avoid conflicts of interest and disclose business relationships; and make sure our audiences know exactly what they’re getting from us.
Our teams are required to be clear about any relationships we have that might appear to influence our coverage. No staff member shall have financial interests in an area they cover, including shares in a company relevant to their subject matter.
We will disclose when we attend junkets or trips paid for by companies we cover. We will operate with the understanding that these things are a means to an end to better serve our audiences, and we will not allow them to sway our coverage. Products we test should be used for content creation purposes only, and as much as we are able, we should return them to their manufacturers or donate them. Staff members and regular contributors are forbidden from accepting outside employment, compensation, or gifts from entities in their areas of coverage.
If Recurrent earns a commission through one of our product review links, we will disclose this. Our product reviews and recommendations are solely guided by our expertise, research, and experience; any “sponsored reviews” or deals will be clearly marked as such, and are not handled by our editorial teams.
Furthermore, any branded or sponsored content will be clearly labeled. Recurrent’s various publications may engage editorial staff members with this content in different ways, but transparency will never be in question.
Accuracy & Accountability
Our editors are committed to delivering the most accurate and up-to-date news, features, analysis, and recommendations possible to our audiences. Every story we publish—from the quickest blog to the most in-depth feature—passes through at least one editor, who’s responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of the content. In some instances, an independent fact-checker will verify all of the statements in the story.
We also show our work. Whenever we make a statement, cite a statistic, republish a quote, or otherwise tap an outside source for information, we will name it and, whenever possible, link back to the original source. Our journalists are responsible for verifying the quality and trustworthiness of the sources that appear in our stories.
We recognize that errors do happen—and we take them seriously. When a reader or source raises an issue with a story we’ve published, an editor will re-check the proposed change against our sourcing, consult additional resources as needed, and determine if it’s necessary to issue a correction. If a correction is warranted, we’ll update the relevant passages in the text and insert a note disclosing the error in the story itself. We will never “ghost edit” a story by making a correction without disclosing it.
Our Editorial Team
Field & Stream is led by editor-in-chief, Colin Kearns. Since Kearns has been with the brand, F&S has been nominated for more than 10 National Magazine Awards. Collectively, our editors have hunted and fished throughout the U.S. and on six continents. Members of our staff have also contributed to numerous outdoor publications, served as experts in television appearances, and authored books on hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.
Field & Stream
Editor-in-Chief Colin Kearns
Design Director Russ Smith
Executive Editor Dave Hurteau
Senior Editor Matthew Every
News Editor Sage Marshall
Engagement Editor Derek Horner
Assistant Gear Editors Ryan Chelius and Luke Guilory
Staff Writer Meg Carney
Managing Editor, Digital Editions Jean McKenna
Photography Director John Toolan
Production Manager Glenn Orzepowski
Copy Editor S.B. Kleinman
At Recurrent, we love journalism, but we also love journalists. That’s why we’re committed to building, growing, and improving a workplace culture that supports the careers, health, and well-being of the people who create our articles, videos, podcasts, tweets, and everything in between. To us, that manifests in two ways:
Prioritizing compassion. Media is a tough business, and the internet is an especially grueling place to work. Our managers run newsrooms based on the idea that a climate of dignity and respect produces the best work. At the same time, our leave, vacation, and holiday schedules are designed to give journalists the time they need to unplug and reboot.
Building a community of journalists. We’re all as dedicated to the success of each individual brand as we are to the growth and development of individual journalists. Editors and writers at our various publications celebrate one another’s wins as much as they support one another through challenges. This means our brands are committed regularly collaborating, exchanging tips and ideas, and pushing one another to do our best work.