We will change the face of journalism in Nevada and establish new paradigms for nonprofit, community-supported news organizations.
The Nevada Independent is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website founded in 2017 by veteran political journalist and commentator Jon Ralston. The site and its supporting channels are focused on ethical, unbiased and transparent journalism. In general, we aim to gather and disseminate important public information and increase civic engagement.
We are supported by corporate donations, supporting memberships, sponsorship revenue and foundation grants. We disclose all our members and donors. Donors and sponsors have no influence over our content, ever.
The Nevada Independent is the dba for Nevada News Bureau, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2010 by political blogger, commentator and journalist Elizabeth Thompson, who now serves as one of The Nevada Independent’s managing directors and its de facto Managing Editor.
You can read Editor Jon Ralston’s Jan. 16, 2017 introduction of The Nevada Independent here.
Our focus is twofold: the Nevada Legislature and important stories from across the state in our primary focus areas: government, policy, politics and business.
We provide content in both English and Spanish in order to serve the entire Nevada community.
Our content is free to everyone. Regular readers and supporters can choose to support our work by becoming Sustaining Members.
We have formed content-sharing agreements with a number of Nevada’s rural newspapers, many of whom struggle to adequately staff their newsrooms for financial reasons. Stories written by The Nevada Independent are re-published free of charge by the following media outlets: The Fernley Reporter, Winnemucca Publishing, Elko Daily Free Press and the Battle Born Media chain, which includes Mesquite Local News, The Ely Times, The Eureka Sentinel, The Lincoln County Record, The Mineral County Independent-News, and The Sparks Tribune. Read more about our rural partnerships here.
We maintain a firm firewall between news coverage, the content on our opinion blogs and opinion page, and our donors and sources of revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute endorsement of donors or their products, services, or opinions. We offer no right of review or influence over editorial content to anyone for any reason.
Our general standards for campaign coverage are outlined here.
Interview terminology and what to expect when working with us
When a reporter identifies himself/herself and asks a question, whether in person, on the phone, or by email, it is general practice to assume that the answer and subsequent conversation is on the record.
People who talk with us for potential stories may wish to establish whether conversations and interviews are on the record, off the record, or “on background.” On the record means anything you say may be used in a story. Off the record means anything you say is between you and the reporter and cannot be used in a story. On background means a reporter can use the information you give them, but cannot name or quote you directly.
If one of our reporters emails you a question, it is assumed the question is on the record. If you want your reply to be off the record on on background, you should begin it with the words “Off the record” or “On background”.
When recording telephone or in-person conversations that serve as interviews, our reporters and editors operate under a two-party consent rule. (We always obtain a person’s permission to record. Once we begin recording, we will re-ask for your consent to be recorded so your consent is part of the record.)
We prefer not to use anonymous sources for reports. In situations in which a person is at some risk of personal or professional harm were their identity to be revealed, as in cases of sexual assault or harassment, we will consider using anonymous accounts if we are able to independently verify at least some of the information provided and if the source is proven credible as we investigate his or her account and talk to others who have some knowledge of the situation.
Our seasoned team of credentialed reporters and veteran columnists is the best in the state. We also publish occasional freelance work from talented journalists and columnists.
We retain nationally recognized pollster Mark Mellman to run high quality statewide polls and analyze data.
We are committed to providing the best online reader experience possible. Our website is clean and fast. We do not sell ads, bomb our readers with content-blocking pop-ups, or post annoying auto-play videos.
We are committed to a high level of reader engagement. We will happily publish well-written op-eds from private citizens, and we hope you enjoy the many ways you can interact with our content and our staff.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to email editor Jon Ralston at email@example.com.
Nevada residents may submit op-eds of between 500 and 1,500 words in length to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of content grants The Nevada Independent exclusive licensing and rights-of-use once published. Please include a brief biography with submissions. All affiliations with government agencies or political organizations must be disclosed.
990s & IRS Confirmations of Status
Tax-exempt nonprofits are required to provide copies, upon request, of their three most recently filed annual information returns (IRS Form 990) and their application for tax-exemption. To make it easier for those seeking historical and financial information about The Nevada Independent, we have provided links to all of our filed Form 990s since the 2010 inception of Nevada News Bureau, as well as IRS confirmation of our EIN (Federal Tax ID 27-3192716) and our IRS determination letter of nonprofit status.
If you have questions about our legal or financial status, contact Managing Director Elizabeth Thompson at email@example.com.