Ethics and standards

Craig Newmark Philanthropies gives $200k to American Press Institute to support research and convening on journalism ethics

Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark, has donated $200,000 to the American Press Institute to expand its efforts of promoting ethical reporting and helping journalists produce trustworthy work. With these funds, API seeks to help put into practice the growing body of ideas on how journalists can better provide accurate and […]

How for-profit newsrooms can adapt API’s nonprofit funding guidelines

Earlier this year, API released two sets of guidelines on the ethics of funding nonprofit news, one set for philanthropic funders and one set for nonprofit newsrooms. These guidelines were the product of more than two years of work exploring the question of how to best ensure editorial independence, including a meeting of 18 funders, […]

4 questions nonprofit newsrooms and funders have about their evolving relationships

As journalism’s traditional business models continue to shift, more news organizations are turning to nonprofit and foundation support as a way to support their journalism. But taking money from private foundations rather than commercial advertisers comes with its own ethical issues concerning how news organizations maintain their editorial independence. Funding can be often more tied […]

Readers don’t trust anonymous sources, because the value of anonymous information isn’t explained to them

Many of the biggest political stories of the last few weeks have relied heavily on anonymous sources, NYT public editor Liz Spayd writes: “Reporters and editors trust such information, sometimes risking their reputation on it. Readers, on the other hand, couldn’t be more suspicious — and with reason. The descriptions generally tilt far more toward […]

Guidance on philanthropic funding of media and news

As nonprofit funding of news grows, what are the best practices for ensuring editorial independence? The following two sets of broad guidelines of best practices, one for funders and another for nonprofit media organizations, are the product of more than two years of work exploring the question. That work began with surveys of funders, nonprofit […]

Guiding principles for funders of nonprofit media

Philanthropy increasingly provides important support for nonprofit journalism. Funders have varying reasons for supporting journalism and media. Some support journalism as a field unto itself, and a public good. Others see journalism and media as integral to their focus on democracy and civic engagement and participation. And still others may be primarily motivated by the […]

Guiding principles for nonprofit newsrooms

Journalism produced by nonprofit newsrooms is becoming a more important part of the media landscape and foundation support. In addition, increasing numbers of commercial news publishers are partnering with nonprofit media, and in some cases, accepting direct grants themselves. The following principles were collected by and for nonprofit media and are offered as a guide […]

When publishing the documents, BuzzFeed should have explained what it’s doing to verify the claims in the documents

You might have heard: BuzzFeed published documents claimed to be compiled by a former British intelligence agent claiming that Donald Trump and his associates have deep ties to Russian spies and that Russia has “compromising information” on Trump (Recode) But did you know: In a note to the staff explaining why BuzzFeed was publishing the […]

96 percent of money journalists contributed to the presidential campaigns went to Clinton

You might have heard: Many news organizations, including The New York Times,Associated Press and NPR, forbid their journalists from contributing to political campaigns But did you know: Through August, about 480 journalists have contributed almost $400,000 to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Center for Public Integrity found. And among the […]

Some are threatening to boycott Peter Thiel, but it’s nearly impossible to boycott him

In a post on Medium, Ellen Pao explains why Project Include has chosen to cut ties with Peter Thiel after Thiel funded a lawsuit against Gawker, expressed negative views on women’s voting rights and donated $1.25 million to Trump’s campaign, the latest in a string of threats to boycott Thiel. But boycotting Thiel is easier […]