Standards and Policies

Editorial Policy
Sources and Confidentiality

Editorial Policy

We subscribe to INN’s standards of editorial independence as follows:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We will maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Our organization also may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Sources and Confidentiality

inewsource is committed to disclosing to its readers the sources of the information in its stories so its reporting is as transparent as possible. Transparency is one of our core values. It is a key way we build trust with our audiences.

Whenever possible, we name sources. Named sources give stories credibility. On rare occasions, inewsource will agree to grant a source anonymity, but must disclose in as much detail as possible to readers why we have agreed to this confidence. For example, naming a source could cost them their jobs or expose them to harm.

Granting anonymity is never done lightly. There are instances when we cannot fulfill our mission to serve the community by holding individuals and institutions accountable without publishing information from sources we agree not to name. These decisions are made after detailed discussions with the reporters. The final call is made by the inewsource editors. This is a heavy responsibility. Including information from anonymous sources asks readers for an additional level of trust in our reporting. At least one editor must know the identity of the source in order to evaluate their credibility and their relationship to the information they are providing.