Policies and standards

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

Our adopted hometown.

Editorial Independence Policy

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

Aspen Journalism is an independent news organization and retains full authority over its editorial content. We maintain a firewall between revenue and the newsroom.

Our news judgments are made independently and are not based on or influenced by donors.

Our organization accepts donations to support the coverage of particular beats or broad coverage areas, but our organization maintains editorial control of all of the resulting coverage.

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

As appropriate, we disclose our donors and key stakeholders in our stories or in an editor’s note.

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

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 journalist standards. So we do.

This news organization aims to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves in its staff and contributors, its editorial choices and priorities.

For additional guidance on funding nonprofit journalism, please also see: “Guiding principles for funders of nonprofit media” and “Guiding principles for nonprofit newsrooms” from the American Press Institute.

Standards and practices

We take guidance the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics, from the Associated Press’ standards and practices, and from The New York Times’ standards and ethics guidelines.


We are a recognized member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Colorado Press Association.