We’re Your Environmental Watchdog
Our mission: ecoRI News is dedicated to reporting on environmental and social justice issues in southern New England. Through our reporting, we create a more informed public and provide individuals with the information they need to be better stewards of their environment.
ecoRI Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the IRS. We depend on the support of individuals, foundations and businesses that recognize the importance of local news delivered from an independent perspective.
Through our reporting, we aim to shine a light on the region’s complex environmental issues. Our primary responsibility is to our readers and the public trust. In our work, we will strive for accuracy in reporting the news; maintain editorial independence from our funders; be transparent about any perceived conflicts of interest, and operate without hidden agendas or biases. As a nonprofit newsroom, we do not advocate for any political causes.
As a nonprofit, ecoRI News 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 ecoRI News 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.
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.
Sourcing and 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. ecoRI News does not pay for interviews.
Conflicts of interest
ecoRI News 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 ecoRI News.
Editorial employees may moderate panels or speak at events so long as their role is purely journalistic. ecoRI News 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.
Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the worst effects climate change and environmental degradation. Reflecting the reality of this injustice in our reporting is key to:
- giving our readers a deeper understanding of the issues;
- giving voice to communities historically underrepresented in mainstream media, and
- growing our reach.
To advance greater equity in information and leadership, we must report on the intersection of racial and environmental injustices by listening to and by building trust with communities of color so that we may tell their stories in an authentic and meaningful way. When our reporting is inclusive and reflective of all communities, we, as a news organization fulfill our mission of serving as an environmental watchdog for everyone.
ecoRI News provides 990 statements for the past three fiscal years. Documents can be viewed by clicking links below:
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 $1000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will not accept donations from anonymous sources, 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.
$1000+ Donors (2021 & 2022)
Audubon Society of Rhode Island
EJMP Fund for Philanthropy
Tom and Suzanne Ferrio
Frog & Toad
The Fund for Nonprofit News at the Miami Foundation
Gruben Charitable Foundation
Hopkinton Citizens Alliance
Horace A. Kimball Foundation
The Island Foundation
Dan Levinson Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation
Beth and Russ Milham
The Rhode Island Foundation
Payroll Protection Program Loan
The Prospect Hill Foundation
The Pulitzer Center
Rita Allen Foundation
Julie and Henry Sharpe III
George Shuster Jr.
Society for Environmental Journalists
Your Cause Foundation (Employee Match)
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