Statement of Editorial Independence
The Florida Center for Government Accountability provides guidance and assistance to any journalist seeking access to government information in Florida. The goal of FLCGA is to both facilitate and accelerate local on-the-ground reporting with critically-needed tools, expertise and knowledge using aggressive public records investigation and well-sourced quality reporting
As a non-partisan nonprofit, FLCGA relies on funding from a variety of sources: individual donations, foundation grants and event revenue. In all cases, however, FLCGA policy when it comes to editorial independence remains the same: All editorial decisions are made by our editors and journalists — and only our editors and journalists — in pursuit of any and all stories FLCGA deems newsworthy. Those who contribute to or do business with FLCGA do so with the understanding that they are not entitled to preferential treatment, and that their financial support does not protect FLCGA donors and funders from journalistic scrutiny. Whenever a story mentions a major funder or a member of our board of trustees, FLCGA will disclose that relationship in the story.
FLCGA strives to uphold the highest standards of accuracy. Still, we will make mistakes. When we do, we will correct the story and denote the story has been updated. If you believe we have made an error in a story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sourcing & Attribution
FLCGA investigative journalists will do their best to identify all sources, granting individuals anonymity only when it is necessary to do so. They will also seek to identify relevant affiliations and known biases of their sources as they relate to a story, and they will always make efforts to contact the primary subjects and sources of criticism in their news coverage. FLCGA journalists will never misrepresent themselves or mislead a source to get an interview or a story. FLCGA does not pay for interviews.
Conflicts of Interest
FLCGA investigative journalists will not work on stories or projects in which they have a unique vested interest, financial or personal. They should avoid active, direct investment in companies or industries they regularly cover.
Secondary employment or freelance work by any of FLCGA staff or contract journalists must be cleared by the FLCGA Journalism Program Director to ensure the work does not conflict with FLCGA policies and responsibilities.
FLCGA employees may moderate panels or speak at events so long as their role is purely journalistic and comports with FLCGA policies and responsibilities. FLCGA employees, contractors and interns will not accept any gift from any company, individual or institution that may compromise FLCGA’s integrity or impartiality, or may damage its credibility. FLCGA always pays its own way when traveling for editorial purposes.