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MinnPost Code of Ethics

MinnPost is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. We publish news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists who strive to uphold the highest standards of fairness and accuracy. MinnPost adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, and belongs to the Institute for Nonprofit News, operating in accordance with its standards for financial transparency and editorial independence. 

Editorial independence

As a nonprofit, MinnPost relies on funding from a variety of sources: individual donations, advertising and corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, and event tickets. In all cases, however, our policy when it comes to editorial independence remains the same: All editorial decisions are made by our journalists — and only our journalists — in pursuit of any and all stories we deem newsworthy. Those who contribute to or do business with MinnPost do so with the understanding that they are not entitled to preferential treatment, and that their financial support does not protect our donors, funders, advertisers or sponsors from journalistic scrutiny. Whenever a story mentions a major funder or a member of our board of directors, we will disclose that relationship in the story. 

Corrections

We strive to uphold the highest standards of accuracy. Still, we will make mistakes. When we do, we will correct the story and denote the story has been updated. If you believe we have made an error in a story, please email us at feedback@minnpost.com or contact one of our editors. 

Sourcing & attribution

We will try our best to identify all sources, granting individuals anonymity only when it is necessary to do so. We will also seek to identify relevant affiliations and known biases of our sources as they relate to a story, and we will always make efforts to contact the primary subjects and sources of criticism in our news coverage. Our journalists will never misrepresent themselves or mislead a source to get an interview or a story. MinnPost does not pay for interviews.

Conflicts of interest

MinnPost journalists will not work on stories or projects in which they have a unique vested interest, financial or personal. They should avoid active, direct investment in companies or industries they regularly cover.

Secondary employment or freelance work by any of our staff or contract journalists must be cleared by an editor to ensure the work does not conflict with their responsibilities at MinnPost. 

Editorial employees may moderate panels or speak at events so long as their role is purely journalistic. MinnPost employees, contractors and interns will not accept any gift from any company, individual or institution that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility. We always pay our own way when traveling for editorial purposes.