Our adopted hometown. Credit: Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

Editorial Independence Policy

We recognize and appreciate that our nonprofit model relies on donations and that all of our donors expect us to retain our independent editorial judgment and scrupulous adherence to journalistic standards. So we do.

We accept donations to support the coverage of particular beats or broad coverage areas, but we maintain editorial control of all of the resulting coverage.

We cede no right of review or influence of any of our editorial content.

When we deem it necessary and appropriate, we disclose our donors and key stakeholders in an editor’s note or within the story.

Our acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services, actions, goals, or opinions.

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News, of which we have been a member since 2011.

We also take guidance on the subject of journalistic ethics, disclosure and potential conflicts of interest from the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Press Institute, the Associated Press, The New York Times, ProPublica, and The Texas Tribune.