About Us – Shasta Scout

About Us


At Shasta Scout we believe a democratic community requires access to just and equitable news. We are a non-profit, independent, civic news organization focused on Shasta County’s diverse and investigative stories. Using research, interviews, documents and data, we scout out the truth to write stories that build an informed electorate with the power to create educated change for our community.

Shasta Scout’s news will always be free with no paywalls. We are funded through a combination of voluntary audience contributions, grants, and business sponsorships.

We operate for the public good under our umbrella organization, the North State Community Journalism Project, which is pending verification as a 501(c)3 organization in California.

We are proud members of LION Publishers and the Institute for Nonprofit News.

Ethics

We follow the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.

Equity and Inclusion

Shasta Scout aims to reflect the diversity of the communities it serves in its staff and contributors, its editorial choices and priorities. Additionally Scout seeks to be part of repairing historical and societal inequities by prioritizing the stories and perspectives of under-represented people in ways that center their voices and enrich their communities.

Editorial Independence

In accordance with the editorial independence policies endorsed by the Institute of Nonprofit News, we do not allow sources of revenue such as gifts, grants or sponsorships to influence our news coverage.  

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

Shasta Scout 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 and grants and may accept 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.

Although our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, we will maintain 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.

Donor and Financial 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. Soon to be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that will operate as a public trust, we will not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We make public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a news nonprofit, we avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates 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.

Privacy

We are transparent about how we gather and utilize data from our site visitors. You can read our privacy policy here