Mississippi Free Press Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to the following standards of editorial independence:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain 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.

Any sponsored or underwritten projects or content will be clearly marked as “sponsored” and indicate the source, but will still follow our editorial independence policy.

Our organization may consider donations to support coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of that 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 $500 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 MFP’s standards.