Ethics Policy

The editorial principles of County Current Media adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and are governed by an internal style manual. Journalists working for County Current are truth-seekers and courageous in their information collection, reporting, and interpretation.

By treating sources, subjects, coworkers, and members of the public like respectable human beings, they reduce harm. They have a duty to serve the public and abstain from conflicts of interest while acting independently. Additionally, they are transparent and accountable, taking ownership of their work and sharing the rationale behind their judgments with the public.

Additionally, County Current strives to include perspectives of those frequently left out of mainstream coverage in its stories because it believes that systemic change starts at the grassroots level. These perspectives include those of community members, movement leaders, and people who are directly impacted by the issues that County Current covers. This approach does not, however, diminish County Current’s dedication to publishing objective, factual reporting, and analysis, together with clearly labeled commentary and opinion.