Independent Publisher


San Diego, California, United StatesFounded in 2009

Inewsource is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom in San Diego whose mission is to expose wrongdoing and hold powerful people and institutions accountable.

Inewsource aims to reveal betrayals of the public trust, wrongdoing and inequities through data-based, investigative reporting and accountability journalism. The organization will often partner with other outlets to report on on these topics. 

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Best Practices Policies

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Inewsource is dedicated to improving lives in the San Diego region and beyond through data-based investigative and accountable journalism. 

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Inewsource strives to conduct its business with the highest standards of decency, fairness and accuracy, and adhere to high standards of editorial independence.

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Ownership & Funding

Inewsource is a nonprofit organization that is funded by individual contributions and foundation grants. The organization's full legal name is Investigative Newsource and it is guided by a board of directors. 

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Diverse Voices

Inewsource says it believes in the inclusiveness of journalists in reporting, and that race, class, generation, gender, sexual orientation, ability and geography all impact point of view. The organization says it believes that societal differences in reporting lead to better nuanced stories for the community. 

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When inewsource staffers are alerted about an error, they are expected to update the editor and web producer, so it can be evaluated to determine how to proceed. If a correction is made, it is updated at the bottom of the story and dated. 

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Unnamed Sources

The policy states that unnamed sources are used when information may be critical for a story but cannot be found or verified by other means. Inewsource will keep a source's anonymity if the source could face legal repercussions, job-related retribution or personal safety issues for the information they have provided. If inewsource publishes information from an anonymous source, it will explain to readers, in as much detail as possible, why there is an agreement to maintain anonymity.

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The Trust Project

The Trust Project is an international consortium of news organizations building standards of transparency and working with technology platforms to affirm and amplify journalism’s commitment to transparency, accuracy, inclusion and fairness so that the public can make informed news choices. It was founded and is led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman.

Our Funders

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, was our original funder, through the Trustworthy Journalism Initiative of Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Google followed with their financial support. Our funders also have included Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Facebook. Funders. Trust Project policies and the Trust Indicators are shaped and enforced independently from our funding sources.

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