Code of Ethics

We take journalistic guidance from the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics, the Associated Press’ news values and principles, and The New York Times’ standards and ethics guidelines

Additionally, we adhere to the code of ethics established by The Association of Food Journalists.

The Counter is a member of The Institute for Nonprofit News. Read our full policy on editorial independence, donor transparency, and privacy below.

Editorial Independence Policy

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.

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