Ethics Policies

Nonprofit newsrooms that are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News pledge to be transparent about the funding of their news operations and maintain editorial independence from all revenue sources to ensure news judgments are made in the interest of the communities they serve as journalists.

This commitment is reflected in the policies below.

Donor Transparency policies typically are included with donor solicitations and on donor pages; Editorial Independence policies may appear in more general “About Us” or similar sections. INN encourages all members to use these policies in whatever way is most applicable to your publications.

Discuss them regularly with staff so they are part of the news and business culture throughout your publication, publish and reference them in public discussions of your work and share them with all supporters.

INN also encourages use of privacy, advertising and conflict of interest statements. Samples are provided below.

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