Editorial independence policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

  • Scalawag retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We 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.
  • While Scalawag may consider or solicit donations to support the coverage of broad topics, our editorial board maintains control of all coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
  • Scalawag publicly thanks and lists all donors who give $1,000 or more. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources for anything except general operations, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials, or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our Board of Directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.