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Our policies and practices

Editorial Independence and Conflicts of Interest

The 9th Street Journal pursues stories of public interest, retaining full authority over our editorial content. We follow the Institute for Nonprofit News’ standards of editorial independence, observing strict separation between sources of revenue and news coverage decisions. Acceptance of financial support does not affect our news judgment or decision-making process.

We accept charitable gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities. However, our news decisions are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

While we may accept donations related to a certain news topic, we maintain editorial control over our reporting and coverage. Donors have no right of review nor influence over editorial content. 

We do not accept charitable donations from sources that present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

Our staffers avoid conflicts of interest by refusing special treatment, gifts, and favors. When conflicts are unavoidable, we will disclose them.

Donor Transparency

The 9th Street Journal is supported by grants and donations and is committed to transparency in funding. We will make public any donations greater than $5,000.

Financial Support

We are grateful for support from The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at Duke University and The Purpose Project, a campus-wide initiative administered by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Duke Divinity School, with funding from the Duke Endowment.

The 9th Street Journal is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press and of the Institute for Nonprofit News.