Our Policies

The Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism takes editorial integrity, personal privacy and operational transparency very seriously. Learn more about our specific policies here.

Ethics Policy

CCIJ is a nonprofit media organization that supports investigative journalists, visual journalists, and data scientists collaborating on projects about vital global issues affecting under-resourced communities. Ethical principles drive everything from our internal practices in how we work as a small, international, diverse team to the stories we take on to how we interact with our commissioned freelance partners, members, funders, and those whose stories we tell. 

We understand that legal and ethical standards and practices vary by country and culture and we work to ensure we are as respectful as possible of local values. We seek to align our principles and practices with the values and codes of ethics of other professional organizations in countries around the world. 

Read our full ethics policy

Editorial Independence Policy

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

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintains a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, 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.

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.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.