Editorial Independence

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Miami Fourth Estate, Inc., which is governed by an independent board of directors, owns and oversees The Key Biscayne Independent and its related news products.

The board is not in place to pick stories, direct the newsroom, or manage the journalists, although the board can and will share feedback and ideas about editorial strategy and overall direction to the corporate officers and Editor in Chief.

All board members have pledged that they will not use their role on the board to promote coverage that might personally benefit any board member. At the sole editorial discretion of the newsroom, board members may appear in articles or other content produced by The Key Biscayne Independent, but their role as a board member will be disclosed in the article or content.

Being a donor, funder, advertiser, sponsor or paid subscriber to The Key Biscayne Independent does not in any way empower or entitle that individual or organization to dictate or control what articles or content are produced by Key Biscayne Independent, or to have oversight, approval or direction of articles or other content.

Where funding has been given to enhance or support certain types or categories of coverage, the nature of that funding has been disclosed.

While advertisers and sponsors may choose to sponsor or advertise within specific types of content, that does not give the advertiser or sponsor the right to control or dictate the substance, tone, or direction of that content.

The Key Biscayne Independent welcomes input, feedback and criticism from all readers, podcast listeners, video viewers, and event attendees.

We also subscribe to the Institute for Nonprofit News’s standards of editorial independence:

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

Our organization also may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains 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 annually or more.  See List. Donations from donor-advised funds in excess of $5,000 annually must be accompanied by the identities of the funders. We may accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient ethical safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Author

  • Tony Winton

    Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.