Our mission is to do the kind of reporting that can change lives for our community members in the Inland Northwest. To do this, our readers and sources need to be able to have confidence in our work.
Our standards of editorial independence are adapted from the Institute for Nonprofit News:
RANGE retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We make news coverage decisions based on our journalistic values and our staff’s capacity.
We accept membership dollars, donations, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. This means that the decisions on the stories we pursue, the angles we identify, and the quotes we use are made according to what we believe is most important to our community.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
For sponsorships and advertising, we give preference to local, community-focused organizations that fit our mission as a news and civic engagement-focused organization. We will never compromise our values for a pay day.
As with grants and even memberships, our sponsors will never have any say or sway over our editorial decisions.