Our principles

  1. PublicSource presents a bold vision for local journalism in the Pittsburgh region.
    Fearless. Truth-seeking. Responsible. Inclusive. The news you consume does not have to be just traffic, weather, shootings or sports. We deliver nuanced local coverage through our website, our weekly digest, social media accounts and through partners’ platforms.
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  3. PublicSource’s agenda is to engage and inform residents of the Pittsburgh region on the most pressing issues that are having a real impact on people’s lives.
    We present facts and narratives that are informed by those facts. We analyze issues with a mind toward the future, toward successful models and solutions; we look to the history to find root causes for present-day problems and write with outcomes and impact in mind.
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  5. PublicSource believes journalism is public service, and readers’ trust is the most valuable asset we have.
    Our fact-checking system is robust and thorough. We seek readers’ input because we cannot know everything and we don’t pretend to.
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  7. We are not liberal or conservative.
    We are independent and abide by ethics principles adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN).
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  9. PublicSource does not churn out clickbait.
    It delivers thoughtful journalism, which works for regular people who may not have resources to investigate things on their own.
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  11. PublicSource does not only inform, it also engages with communities of shared interests through events.
    You can keep up with our latest events here.
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  13. PublicSource is committed to being the platform for the community, easy to access and proactive rather than reactive.
    There is no paywall or exclusivity. We make our journalism available to you, and to media partners, because we believe informed and engaged citizens will make decisions that improve our region.
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  15. PublicSource stands for evidence-based, accountable local journalism.
    PublicSource believes that thoughtful local journalism is essential to a smarter, better Pittsburgh region.
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  17. PublicSource invites people to share their narratives on publicsource.org.
    It works with people in an effort to give voice to the otherwise voiceless, people who are not just ‘newsmakers’ or ‘trend-setters’ but those who do not always get a microphone to share their experiences.
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  19. PublicSource advocates for government transparency and serves as a watchdog to hold those in power to account.
    We seek to spread knowledge and truth.
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  21. PublicSource retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic interests of our organization.
    Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions. We don’t sell out.
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  23. PublicSource is innovation-driven and experimental in its work and spirit.
    We are a digital-first newsroom and we want our journalism not only to be relevant to you, but also user-friendly, appealing and surprising.

Editorial Independence Policy

PublicSource subscribes to INN’s standards of editorial independence as follows:

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 or more. 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 and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards.

Ethics Policy

PublicSource has adopted the ethics policy of the Society of Professional Journalists to guide us in our interactions with news sources and the public. It appears here.

Our mission

PublicSource is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, digital-first media organization dedicated to serving Pittsburgh and the region. We provide public-service reporting and analysis, convene communities of shared interests and connect civically engaged citizens with local decision makers.

We listen. We investigate. We tell in-depth stories for a better Pittsburgh.