Ethics

We are a nonpartisan organization committed to transparency and editorial independence. We do not support or advocate for any particular idea, model, organization, or agenda.

As a non-profit organization, we receive funding from a variety of foundations (see right for a complete list of funders; we disclose the identities of all funders). We recognize that there are ethical concerns inherent in using philanthropy to fund journalism that explores efforts to advance solutions. The reality is that the ecosystems of philanthropy and social change are interconnected. It is, therefore, inevitable that some newsrooms and journalists we support will report on issues that involve our organization’s funders.

It is of utmost importance to the Solutions Journalism Network that its grant recipients, whether newsrooms and individuals, adhere to the highest standards of journalistic conduct as set forth in codes such as the Code of Ethics issued by the Society of Professional Journalists. We require that our grant recipients also remain completely transparent about any potential conflicts of interest that could arise in the context of reporting on an issue of interest to a Solutions Journalism Network funder.

Some of our funders are large-scale foundations that have supported thousands of organizations in dozens of fields. If journalists who received funding from us had to avoid reporting on any of them, it would be a disservice to readers as it would force them to exclude much of the social innovation in society.

The Solutions Journalism Network accepts financial support from foundations and individual donors. All funding relationships are disclosed publicly on our website. Some of the funding we receive from foundations is used to support newsroom projects–often, series that focus on exploration of solutions to problems–that focus on issue areas (public education or health, for example). However, within those issue areas, which are defined broadly, news organizations that receive support from the Solutions Journalism Network have full editorial control over their coverage.

Finally, each Solutions Journalism Network employee and board member is required to consent to the Whistleblower Protection and the Conflict of Interest policies.