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Editorial Independence Policy 

Our organization 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, 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 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 or more per year. 

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Code of Ethics

CityView News Fund and its employees and representatives adhere to the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. The code of ethics can be found online here.


Donor Transparency Policy 

Policy Statement 

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 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. 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. 


Corrections Policy

We are committed to correcting factual mistakes and encourage readers to submit complaints about errors whenever warranted. 

Contact info@CityViewNewsFund.org or call 910-930-0703. 


Conflict of Interest Policy 

Policy Statement 

The purpose of this conflict-of-interest policy is to prevent the institutional or personal interests of the CityView News Fund board members, officers, and staff from interfering with the performance of their duties to CityView News Fund, and to ensure that there is no personal, professional, or political gain at the expense of CityView News Fund. This policy is not designed to eliminate relationships and activities that may create a duality of interest, but to require the disclosure of any conflicts of interest and the recusal of any interested party in a decision relating thereto. 

A conflict of interest may exist when the interests or potential interests of any director, officer, or staff member, or that person’s close relative, or any individual, group, or organization to which the person associated with CityView News Fund has allegiance, may be seen as competing with the interests of CityView News Fund, or may impair such person’s independence or loyalty to CityView News Fund. A conflict of interest is defined as an interest that might affect, or might reasonably appear to affect, the judgment or conduct of any director, officer, or staff member in a manner that is averse to the interests of CityView News Fund. 


A conflict of interest may exist if a director, officer, staff member, or close relative: 

Conflict of Interest Policy 

Use of Information 

Directors, officers, and staff shall not use information received from participation in CityView News Fund affairs, whether expressly denominated as confidential or not, for personal gain or to the detriment of CityView News Fund. 

Disclosure and Recusal 

Whenever any director has a conflict of interest or a perceived conflict of interest with CityView News Fund, he or she shall notify the board chair of such conflict in writing. 

Whenever any staff member (paid or volunteer) has a conflict of interest or a perceived conflict of interest with CityView News Fund, he or she shall notify the chief executive of such conflict in writing. 

When any conflict of interest is relevant to a matter that comes under consideration or requires action by the board, or a board committee, the interested person shall call it to the attention of the board chair and shall not be present during board or committee discussion or decision on the matter. However, that person shall provide the board or applicable committee with all relevant information on the matter. 

The minutes of the meeting of the board or its committee shall reflect that the conflict of interest was disclosed, that the interested person was not present during discussion or decision on the matter and did not vote. 


A copy of this conflict-of-interest policy shall be furnished to each director, officer, and staff member who is presently serving this organization or who may become associated with it. 


The policy and its application shall be reviewed annually for the information and guidance of directors, officers, and staff members, each of whom has a continuing responsibility to scrutinize their transactions and outside business interests and relationships for potential conflicts of interest, and make such disclosures as described in this policy. 



2022 Form 990