Policies and standards

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.

We recognize we are not infallible. We are always willing to discuss our journalistic practices, and we are constantly striving to be better journalists and to produce better journalism.

On the use of Aspen Journalism’s content

Aspen Journalism’s work is available under a Creative Commons License and our guidelines.

You can republish our articles and graphics for free (without any cost to you), but:

you can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location, and editorial style;

if you’re republishing online, you have to link to us and include all of the links in the story;

you can’t sell our material separately;

it’s fine to put our stories on pages with ads, but not ads specifically sold against our stories;

you can’t republish our material wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually;

you have to credit us – ideally in the byline. We prefer “Author Name, Aspen Journalism,” with a link to our homepage or the article; and

you have to tag our work with an editor’s note, as in, “Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization. See www.aspenjournalism.org for more.” And please include a link to our site.


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